I've officially rewritten the first 5k words of my WIP twelve times now. It still isn't right.
I've made it first person. I've changed it to third. I've given my main character a quirky compulsion. I've made her unbearably boring.
I've got the first few pages to shine...and they are beyond dull.
So I'm back to the drawing board.
I read on a blog recently that you should begin with a change. I've read that you should begin with action. Personally, I've always started with voice. If the voice isn't right at the beginning, I can't get very far.
Digging through all of the many notes and files I've made for this (my NaNoWriMo) WIP mess, I found a voice that I like. It's compelling. It's kind of edgy. I'd want to read this girl's story. So what's the problem? This girl is telling a different story than I thought I was telling. Her chronology is all off and will entail stripping everything down and recreating it in a different order.
There's not really a question about whether I'll do it. I just wish I hadn't been so stubborn for the last few weeks. I should have known--I did know, actually. I felt something was off with what I was trying to polish and shine. I was putting on spackle when I should have been doing major demo work.
I'm off to find a sledgehammer now.