As I read through it, I realized several important things:
- The beginning didn't work with the rest of the story. Tried to be funny, didn't work, changed mid-story, needed to fix the beginning.
- There were big sections in the middle that went one way and ended up another. Now I'm all about the red herring and sneaky twist, but not the dangling plots. Had to snip those out and trim everything up.
- 10,000 words is easier to say you'll add than to actually add. Sure, I can go through and add a word per page, but honestly that never works. Plus I ended up cutting so much I had to add closer to 25,000 words in the end. Never easy in a finished story.
- Starting from scratch is usually easier. And it was close, but I didn't give in. I liked the story, the plot, even entire chunks of the story! I just needed to fix it.
So for a story that I was going to send out no later than Christmas 2009, I'm now going to send out (with a note of apology) in April 2010. But since I'm so much happier with this story, with the way it flows, with the way it all works, it was worth it.
Ever done that? Thought your story worked then realzied no. It needed serious work? What did you do? Start from scratch? Add in and hope everything flowed?