I've been dying to get back to my new book and start writing a fresh story, instead of endless revision.
However, two months has given me sufficient distance to question my story choices. I keep asking "what was I thinking?" The idea that sounded so fun and smart when I first thought of it, now seems very contrived and cliche. I started the next chapter three times and deleted it all. I couldn't make my characters do the things the plot demanded. Something wrong with the plot? Something wrong with the characters? Maybe I need to chuck the whole thing and start over with a better idea?
Fortunately, last night was critique night, and my partners helped me brainstorm some ideas and get my motivation clear for the hero. His profession has been changed and a secret half sister, who is a small but integral part of the story, has a more believable backstory.
I'm back on track.