While I’m working on NaNoWriMo (going great so far, added another 1100 words today!) I decided to add a workshop series with the various opening scenes I wrote for Bittersweet to kind of demonstrate how tough it can be to open a story and how if it doesn’t work, there’s nothing wrong with going back. None of these are bad — in fact, the deleted chapter is actually relatively good. But I wasn’t happy with my timeline or the tone I was setting for the Jason and Elizabeth relationship, so I kept going back until I found something that worked for me.
Some of the dialogue ended up being used, some of the prose as well. But they just weren’t quite right. That’s the beauty of NaNoWriMo — you can try out all the ideas until something clicks. Eventually it will.