Yes, as I work through a second draft, putting all the jigsaw pieces together, your post is exactly how I feel. The border is place, but I'm still working on the complex parts in the middle.
There are patterns in here somewhere ...
This is exactly how I felt last night. It felt sort of daunting, but I felt good to actually be re-arranging the pieces.
It's always hard to believe this pile of pieces will form a coherent picture, but one piece at a time, it happens.
I think it's even a little harder than the puzzle--I at least have the complete, full, photo of the puzzle to help me believe!
LOL, true! With writing sometimes I have the box top and sometimes I don't.