I am in the middle of my novel. I know the things that need to happen, but instead of plowing through it, I'm wallowing in it (and rather enjoying all the things I'm discovering). I have a feeling that most of it will end up on the cutting floor, as it should. But why do I have to wade through the morass to get to the good stuff? I don't know. The process baffles me. I know my story. I don't know why I can't just write the important scenes first time round. Wah!
I'm going to keep writing because it is a first draft and there is so much to learn, but when I revise, I'll be keeping Molly's Golden Advice in mind. And if you're curious, head on over there to check it out. It's good. It's logical. And it is the Golden Rule that is built into our psyches.
And for those of you who were looking for the Golden Rule, here it is from the Gospel: So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12).