If this novel draft is a house, then this revision is the kind of renovation where the only thing that stays the same are the numbers out the front.
Eeek, I know, analogy torture.
I’ve come to the weighty decision that the structure of the entire beginning is wrong. Time to cut, rearrange, paste then smooth over the lot. Lick of paint, some accessories to add colour and and there you have it, a brand new beginning.
Have a feeling this will happen throughout this revision process. And that’s ok, right? That’s what a revision is, a new way of looking at the book, a better book hiding underneath all that first draft rubble.
But if that’s the case then the ending is probably in the wrong place too…
EDIT: wait, now I’m not so sure. Darn, where’s the manual for this thing?!