Welcome to the New Year!
I have a good sign. I started the new novel -- Emergent -- with only a vague vision of the opening, but the first 500 words have fallen together so well that it's uncanny. A vision unfolding, including a character I had not even seen until now. And I found the music for it too, quite by accident. Runrig's Pride of the Summer -- with the lovely refrain of "It's good to be young and daring."
So, starting over from zero wasn't so hard after all, even if I did leave my 1,000,000-word year behind. I hope that it keeps going this well for a while. I love the opening so far, and I have a very good feeling for my MC -- who has not shown up on the pages yet.
Have a happy New Year, people. I'm off to a good start.