I just pressed the delete button on 15 pages of this novel. But at least I'm working on it.
The thing is, I read another novel about cutting. There was so much about the girl's cutting behavior that there was not really any kind of plot. Well, very little, just this sort of interior monologue about her feelings of guilt, shame and despair.
I think cutting exists within lives that are not always spare and dry and interior. It's compulsive behavior and the folks who participate in it have full lives with school, friends, interests. So I need to tell the story within the framework of a plot. I just want to make it move faster than those 15 pages allowed.