when you’ve almost finished the chapter
and then you realise the pacing is wrong
THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME, THOUGH.
AND ALL THE CLEVER, FIDDLY BITS THAT LOCKED THE SCENES TOGETHER HAVE TO GO NOW. you have to cut the scenes out and leave those bits trailing behind just so you can switch something around and it’s awful.
OW. Still, no writing is ever wasted; the ground you cover in the fiddly bits could be useful later. But tell me, since you’re having pacing issues, do you ever have the problem where a chapter works in the context of the wider novel, but still feels a little aimless?