This spot of molasses-like goo is officially entitled: “Chapter Seven, Scenes Three thru Five.”
I simply call it Trouble.
Trouble is supposed to be a dynamic interaction of two characters making the harrowing and unplanned jump from friends to lovers. You know, the classic trope of romance novels everywhere.
Plot-wise, it’s solid. Its timing is surprising to the reader but true to the characters.
I’m satisfied with at least 90% of the dialogue. Some of it is, in fact, quite sparkling.
It’s all the in-between stuff that is fly-paper-esque gunk.
I’m s-l-o-w-l-y working through it, but it’s tough-going.
Bottom line: Gummy spots test the mettle of every author. They’re not a reflection on the writer, but a reflection on the craft.
In other words, don’t give up.