Untouched word count at 57,800.
The current chapter I'm working on has been the hardest to write thus far. I don't know why, but I can't help but worry that what I'm writing is crap, which is why it's so difficult to get out. I'm trying not to go back and edit everything around, but I know that during revisions this part is going to be tricky.
I feel like there's a lull in the plot line, but I also feel like it's a necessary lull, the calm before the storm. Don't get me wrong- the events that happen here are still important to the story, there is still relationship drama, and plenty of character defining moments. But the story does slow down a bit. The MC is tricked into a false calm, thinking everything is going to be "la la la happy ending" when BAM! her world starts falling apart again. I think the reader needs to be brought along on that ride as well, but I'm not sure how it will play out. But that's what beta readers are for, right?
Do you have a "calm before the storm" in your story? How do you handle the lull in the plot line and still keep the story interesting and engaging?