But what I've learned as I've carved a major plot point out of my current WIP is that if I can keep my characters intact, the action can still emerge from who they are without the plot entirely self-destructing. I'm making no guarantees that the plot is better for having a pillar removed, but as I fill in the missing scenes, new pillars are forming. It's quite fascinating, actually. It's as if my subconscious notes a scene is missing proper support and simply creates one out of the threads that are already there. I'm hoping once I go back to weave the final threads that I'll discover these new supports are as strong as the old ones.
So maybe I didn't slit my wrists today. Progress!
Have a lovely weekend.