I had finished the first 40 pages of my novel last month. After going to a critique, it became clear that there was a lack of plot and that the characters would need to be severely re-worked. In essence, they had told me I had written 40 pages of character development, rather than the start of a novel. I know that I essentially have to start from scratch, only being able to migrate a few ideas. Since then, I have a firmer grasp on the plot I want to write and the main character has an actual goal throughout the book, but I still feel like it is not fleshed out enough to justify writing again. So here I am, floating in limbo, not wanting to write because I don't want to repeat the same unnecessary work, yet having difficulty fleshing out the plot without actually writing.