As I work at the start of my novel (yet again), I’m starting to wonder if it is unfix-able. I know where I’m going, but don’t know how to get there from where I started. I moved one section, and that helped some. Now I need to write new information that ties two sections together without giving away too much.
I wrote the thing, I should be able to chop it up into fiddly bits and put it back together in some semblance of order. I found a decent way to disassociate myself from the words I wrote–retype them into a new document. The process worked more like reading and I was able to chop out whole sections.
Note to self: don’t show work in rough process to your writer’s group. As I think through the story, cut from here and paste to there, a better sense develops. But in the back of my mind resides the thought that the story has been read a certain way. Moving sections will make it read differently and could confuse them. Guess I need to get over that and just do what is necessary.