I think I'm doing decently on all of them except narrative propulsion. I am having a VERY tough time with finding the narrative propulsion in a nonfiction book. The book has memoir sections and travelogue sections, and for both of them, I just want to write essentially this happened, then this happened, then this happened. Because that makes sense, and is logical, and is how it happened, dammit. But that doesn't necessarily make for good narrative propulsion (or narrative tension, is probably how I would have phrased it).
This book is drafted, start to finish. I've revised much of it over and over and over again. I want to just give it to Bob, say "okay, it's done, tell me what you think." I want him to love it. I want to get it out there in the world, hopefully for someone to buy it. I am so sick of working on this book. But I also think that the book is not yet everything it could/should be. And most especially, that it is lacking in narrative propulsion. And also could use some more scenes. Dammit.
I know I should go back and open it up slowly, looking at one chapter at a time and seeing how I would shape it if I were a short story, but I just end up staring at the chapters and feeling like they're done, they're in fixed form, I know they're not right but I don't know HOW to fix them, and maybe what I need at this stage is a real editor to first a) buy the book and b) give me a real deadline for finishing it and c) tell me, chapter by chapter, exactly how to fix it. But no one has the time to do that anymore.
I have two novels I want to get going on, but this one is so close to done that I can't seem to go on to any of the others. But I don't want to work on this one, which is making me not want to write at all, which is making me cranky and interfering with my sleep.
I'm going to go try to write a poem now. Maybe I can do that, at last.