“Play your cards close to your vest.”
This old idiom smacked me right in the nose yesterday. And, man, it smacked me hard.
Chapter One of my Cozy Mystery had stalled. I had so much to tell the readers and couldn’t figure out how to tell it succinctly.
Don’t tell all in the first chapter, you, nincompoop! This is a mystery, be freaking mysterious.
SMACK! Idiom right in the nose.
Bottom line: Sometimes, pain is good.