Okay. I confess. I goofed off this week by taking a couple of day trips. I am calling the trips research. I have met some cool characters out in the desert. You KNOW they will show up in future stories. And I am learning about the land itself, for setting the story. See? Research!
Even goofing off, I pounded out 3,000 words this week.
However, the most important work I did during the past five days was to go through the manuscript chapter by chapter and write a brief summary of each chapter. Doing so reminded me of loose ends that needed tying, characters that were introduced after which nothing more was said about them, and redundancies in storytelling: all things needing fixed.
Turns out the character I introduced early in the book, and promptly forgot, will be pivotal to the solving the mystery.
So far, I am on track. I am still thinking this writing getaway was a great idea.