I completed my writing goal this morning. I'm not happy with the results though.
I'm starting the slide toward the middle of the book. I felt like I was wading through quicksand. Nothing I wrote seemed clever or interesting.
At lunch yesterday, before our RWA chapter meeting, we discussed rough drafts. When I first started writing I didn't understand the need to revise a MS several times. I thought a "real" writer should have it almost right on the first pass through - maybe a 2nd pass through to tighten it up. My first couple of books were so bad I couldn't even imagine getting them into the kind of shape needed for publication. Now I realize, for me, that's how I have to start - with a big lump of clay. I like Nora Roberts description of the first attempt as a "discovery draft." If I think of my work that way, I can move on. It doesn't have to be right the first time I put it down on paper.
I'm going to spend some time this evening with my story board to make sure I have that middle plotted out so I don't find myself wondering around in the dark.