You’ve been editing line by line. Your brain hurt last night and you couldn’t focus enough for that style of editing. So, when faced with failure, redefine success.
Last night you progressed paragraph by paragraph through the whole first three chapters. Each got a “good”, “slow”, “more”, “split”, or a semi-violent black wavy line. You were surprised. You probably thought the first chapter was the most complete, but…no, no its not. You seemed encouraged by the amount of paragraphs marked “good”, or “more”, as in “good, but needs more content”. The pp’s marked “redo” shouldn’t freak you out. It’s all good. You can do this thing. The ideas in those pp’s are good. The problem in those pp’s is that you sound like a reporter instead of a storyteller. Shape up. Also, sometimes you MC is channeling some inner academic instead of using their own voice. Let’s keep it to one personality per character, ok? Great. That was fun, right? Tonight, you can pick the “redo’s”, or “split’s”, or “more’s”. Edit like your life depends on it, because it does.