Have you ever noticed that when you are re-doing something you need to make a big mess first? Well, we are in the middle of the big mess of our house project. So far we've done the central air, the new porch out back, re-done the back enclosed porch (new ceiling, walls, insulation, and light), and replaced the old aluminum siding with vinyl. Now we are replacing the insulation in our upstairs with better insulation.
The old insulation (which had completely deteriorated) has been removed from 2/3's of the room and it is now quite drafty (and messy). Later today, the new insulation will go in and the new wall boards will go up. When we're done, it is going to become my son's room (who wouldn't want a giant 'O' shaped room for their bedroom?) and his room will become my office.
In a way, all this construction reminds me of the work I've been doing on my WIP. In order to get my story to it's brightest and shiniest, I need to move things around and reorganize. In a sense I need to make a mess in order to improve it.
Have you made a mess in your story to improve it? How did it work for you?