I've come to the conclusion that leading with my character's wants and needs is the reason my WIP is going so smoothly. It seems obvious, but I can't believe it took so long to shake out in my writing. Hopefully, the story holds up when it's done!
@Barbara I’ve been rewriting that project for 3 years now, but it feels like time to let it go (for now). I might rewrite it, but I’m working on other stuff atm. I finished a cyberpunk novel at the end of 2018, so I’m going to look at that. And my latest sci-fi WIP is in-progress.