I've been struggling with my WIP recently, and yesterday I realized the trouble began when XX happened to my character. So I brainstormed a bit. I began to imagine how the story would have unfolded if XX had not happened. Ideas began to flow freely ... just the opposite of the words I've been forcing onto paper lately. So, I backtracked to that pivotal point in my story and used the word count feature in Word. I've "forced" nearly 10,000 words since that pivotal point. That equals 33 pages of writing -- hard effort writing.
I think it's the right choice.
So, I will cut and paste those 33 pages into another document. Maybe some of it is useful, but I think most of it is not.
Even though I'll be losing a lot of hard work, I feel like a burden has been lifted. I'm excited about my story again, and can't wait to get the new words typed out.