Writing is going very well. I'm making good progress on my so-called "difficult chapter". It's difficult because I'm in middle territory, flying blind, pecking forward one keystroke at a time. But I've arrived at that place where I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe only 4 or 5 more writing sessions before I hear the "click" that tells me to stop.
I recognize the pattern. Two dramatic scenes followed by a reflection on the meaning of the chapter. The reflection happens as a conversation between the protagonist and his mentor. Mentorship is a repeating motif.