The first draft of a story is never what it will turn out to be once it is finished. I make a lot of false starts, plug in and take out ideas. Story writing is a creative process that takes time and practice to learn.
I don’t mind starting over in a draft, so long as that story is finished. I don’t delete; you never know when one of those stray ideas that you plug in is going to pull you out of a rut sometime later with another story.
As I have said before, I am a panster writer. I don’t work well with outlines, nor do I follow them once I write them. Dragon Masque is a perfect example of this. For once, I thought I had it pretty much mapped out. I was going to try to work with an outline. I found that my characters reacted violently towards the destiny I had in mind for them.
My world and work came tumbling down. I stalled out. I could not work within my walls.
So I scrapped it and let the plots, characters, and events flow free.
Of course I have a mess on my hands now, but I have 52,000 words instead of 35,000.
Heh, whatever works.