Lost in Whispers has not been destroyed; it went under the knife for a face lift, new boobs, butt lift and a tummy tuck! Part of my process is taking the raw manuscript and completely rearranging it. I cut up scenes, toss those that don’t work, squish two scenes into one, reorder those that could be much more effective elsewhere and make a glorious mess that will one day emerge as a real book.
It ain’t pretty. But it seems to have worked for all of my books so far!