Nearly 3 years ago I finished the first draft of a book I'd been obsessing about writing for ages. I put it aside for a while, re-read it some months later and then decided that maybe my '3rd person' approach wasn't right. I wrote 4 sample chapters in 1st person and then hit a block: in the original manuscript the viewpoint changed to another person at this point. I didn't know how to continue. I put the whole lot away for a long time and bought myself a whole load of textbooks on writing. A couple of years on I'm feeling ready to retackle the problem. I'm following the advice of some excellent books on plotting and I think I'm ready to start draft 2. I've been writing notes, I've been using index cards to pinpoint key scenes, I've been plotting hard and felt satisified with my plots and my subplots. I was happy with the pace and the action, I had slashed away a lot of the preamble of the original story and cut straight to the first bit of action because [thread on build-up preferences noted] "That's what editors want". Then I started gathering together all the various notes I had stored on my computer on my characters' back stories and I stumbled across my 1st person account. It sings. Nothing else I've written for this book has felt so fresh or immediate. I feel it's appropriate for my audience (girls 9-12), but my recent work has cut out this part of the storyline and I'm torn. So, do I go with my heart that says 'this text is exciting and good' or do I go with my head and follow the tighter plotting I've since worked out that cuts out the build-up of character and setting? And if I go with the 1st person attempt, how the hell do I work in the other character's viewpoints (which are so far essential to the plot - a murder mystery) elegantly? I feel like I'm torn between my two brain hemispheres - Right (creative) and Left (logical) - because they both have valid points.