Just over two weeks ago, I was pretty optimistic about wrapping up Chapter 8 and moving onto the introduction of two new characters in Chapter 9. Well, I did manage to pull together a scene to open Chapter 9. But then I went back to Chapter 8 in order to bring it up to the level of a semi-polished draft. I’ve been stuck there ever since. This one time that I can’t just say “Good enough for now,” and move on. It’s one of those times when the success of the second half of the novel hinges on whether the reader can buy into my character’s analysis and her subsequent plan of action. She has to make a reasonable choice in a difficult situation if I want to avoid this.