I've told two recent queriers "this doesn't work, here's why, start over."
I can't begin to imagine how that feels on the other side of the computer screen, but I bet not good doesn't begin to cover it.
When you're a new writer it's hard to believe that "start over" does NOT mean "you suck."
It does not.
When you're an experienced writer, it's hard to remember that "start over" does NOT mean "you failed."
It does not.
When you're published with countless revisions under your belt, it's an effort to remember that "start over" isn't a sign you're losing your abilities.
It is not.
Start over means you figured out something that doesn't work.
Start over means we now have a better idea of where the story really begins, and need to revise from the top.
Start over means it's worth working on.
But, time elapsing between hearing start over and remembering what it means is pretty long the newer you are at writing. Years sometimes.
It's never minutes, or hours and most often it's more than a day.
So when you hear "start over", rush to EBay, buy a shark voodoo doll, a large quantity of extra sharp pins, and a case of hooch. Apply as needed.
But, after a day, remember you and your novel are not failures.
You're just not street ready yet.
Get back under the hood, here's a wrench, it looks like your flux capacitor needs patching up. I have just what you need right here: