Select the text that is the TOC and delete that. Then make a copy of the file in case the next steps delete everything.
Try creating a new TOC and DON'T thread it to the existing text. That might work, might not.
In my experience if you cut the frame containing a TOC and paste it back into the document it loses its special TOC property that allows it to be updated, so that would be another option to try.
Thanks! The TOC I created remains part of the story thread. How can I break the thread and/or create a new text frame within the document?
In a little test I just did, this worked:
Try deleting all pages that follow the first page containing the first frame in the thread. That should make the story overset.
Now select all in the frame, and cut to the clipboard, then delete the existing frame. Make a new frame, paste the text, and reflow the overset into new pages. If the TOC text is still part of the story it is now converted to plain old text you can delete, and there is no longer a story with the TOC attribute.
I'm in panic mode, so I ask some pretty dumb questions. The text frame has been created and all is well - except for one hyperlink in the Table of Contents...
The other lines are highlighted and linked from "Chapter" through the number, except Chapter One - it's link only reaches the number but stops short. How can I edit the link's appearance/effective range?
I don't do any work with hyperlinks, but I'd try deleting the existing link, then highlight the entire text and make a new link.