Everybody probably learned Occam’s Razor in school at some point. The simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Well, there’s actually some stuff in there about parsimony and assumptions, but for the purposes of laymen, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.
Simplicity in fiction is generally a good policy to follow as well. Now I don’t mean that the most obvious direction is the one you should take. But if you find that you’re having to come up with all kind of plot contortions to make things work, there’s a really good possibility that you’re suffering from complicatitis and need to trim some fat from the plot.
Since Pot got back I axed a distraction plot (as in something was going on in one place that was supposed to distract the hero/heroine from what’s really going on). I also 86ed several minor characters/victims and combined two minor characters to simplify things and get hero and heroine on the same page easier (it’s short, so that’s a good thing). Which left me with…well not a lot, honestly. It gutted my middle. So that’s what I spent yesterday doing. Figuring out the simplified plot. The revised outline is a couple of scenes shorter. I think I have one scene that isn’t getting totally cut, and maybe a half of one other scene. Glad I was only about 5500 in.