A guy named Quiller-Couch said it best, but I wouldn't want to be him. Many a writer has cried over his words: "Murder your darlings." Yes, murder them. Kill off all the writing that is self-serving, the stuff that takes the reader out of her fictive dream.
Strange, but part of me looks forward to strapping on some shining armor and a really cool sword. I'll slay my own dragon, the dead wood in my manuscript, and this novel and I will be better for it. Maybe I'm feeling confident because I wished upon a star at
( http://www.mylifetime.com/astrology/free-readings/enchanted/wish-upon-a-star-game ), and my star said I would succeed. Well, by the third wish it did, anyway.