The quote which met me when I logged in today:
I always work intuitively without much knowledge of where I'm going. I find that if I insist too strongly from the outset it won't take on the life that a novel needs to have. I find that by writing in the dark and coming up with a big messy first draft and reshape and rework I stand the best chance of coming up with a book that's a little smarter than I am. That may be useful to others struggling with novels. There's always a point during the writing when the book falls apart, which is a difficult period and no fun, but what actually happens is the novel is outgrowing my idea and taking on a life of its own. All novelists are heroes. Blessings on your efforts.
— Michael Cunningham
I would like to believe that the reason the novel is fighting me is because it's outgrown my ideas and taken on a life of its own.
However, in point of fact, I rather suspect the novel has a broken back. And I've just gone and pressed on the break in the spinal chord, and that's why it's flailing around and being generally uncooperative.
Time will tell, I suppose. The problem with novels is you have to finish them and gain a little distance before you can judge them. And the finishing part takes so durn long…
Onwards and upwards, as they say.