I've spent the day asking myself: if the external conflict is removed why can't my hero and heroine be together? In other words, what is the inner conflict?
Somehow, in all the changes and rewrites I lost track of what my characters were all about, what they believed about love and commitment - and their inability to sustain either.
It was hard work. But I think I can move on to the next chapter without the whole story falling into an incomprehensible mess. Much as it pains me, I believe I'm going to have to delete the next thirty or forty pages. For a slow writer that's painful. Hopefully, the scenes that replace them will make the book stronger. I'm going for emotional depth.
What do you find harder - internal or external conflict?