I decided to scrap 1½ chapters from my current work, a mashup of The War of the Worlds. The writing was pretty good, but not great.
This is the part of the story where I departed from my outline. I knew it at the time, but my writing was flowing, so I decided to go with it. But one of the main characters was becoming unsympathetic, and the images in my mind from the outline kept bugging me. No great lessons here; sometimes the outline has to be shrugged off, sometimes it’s better to stay with it.
This reminds me of my hearing the lovely E.J. Swift say she cut 40,000 words from one of her manuscripts.