It’s hard to find a simple way to ask about this, but I figured that I’d give it a go. I love a lot of those sparse John Carpenter-esque action stories like Escape from New York and The Warriors and I decided to write a sci-fi, cyberpunk noir that has the kind of barebones story/fast-moving plot that those stories do. Ive decided to center it around a casino heist gone wrong to give the characters something to react to in order to keep the story and the action on the move. I keep envisioning it as a novel, but I keep butting up against a couple of problems that make it hard to keep that barebones style. The first is being able to fit the world-building aspects. The story contains elements of augmented reality, magic, and social inequality and a big hook of the story is exploring how they all play out together, however, they all take a bit of explaining that seem to slow things down. The second problem is that the story goes from slice-of-life to heist to kind of spy thriller to sci-fi action as it goes along. I think Ive found out a way to make those transitions pretty smoothly, but I wonder if it might be too much to do and keep the whole thing streamlined. So I guess I’m putting it out there to see if anyone else has had similar problems with this kind of streamlining and would be willing to share some experiences or advice. Thanks for reading!