The pain of rewriting

So today was something like open-heart surgery on a patient that is not only awake, but moving around on the table. It went as follows:

This is irretrievably broken.

to

I’ve fixed it. I rule!

to

This is irretrievably broken.

I’m in Chapters 8 and 9. I finally figured out some stuff in Chapter 7 that fixed that chapter and made it more natural in terms of flow and character and story. I even wound up in some of the same places — it just turned out I had been getting there the wrong way. But now I’m running into different problems in Chapter 8, problems that are derailing Chapter 9. So today was exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time.

More later after I have squished my fried egg brain back into the shell.

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