“In late, out early” is a writing maxim I heard at some point in college.
It means, start a scene or story as late as possible before its climax, and end as soon as possible after. Basically, leave out details that distract from the story or don’t move it along, and then don’t linger at the end to spell out all the ramifications.
In Featherfolk, I made the mistake of beginning one thread of the story too late. Now I’m working on a new beginning for it.
Anyone know of books that do “in late, out early” really well?