And I'm worried the first draft will be waaay too short. I'm beginning to think I don't understand middles. I'm 25k through and I feel like I'm already getting towards the end. 50k is about the lowest one can go for a YA, and I try to hit that mark for the first draft. I know as soon as I start the second draft, the magic will happen and it will boost my word count (adding in all those many things that got left out on the first draft), but it's still making me nervous.
Plus, I just got some feedback on COTF (shiny things!) and it makes me just want to dive in to revisions, instead of working out the problems in Novel 2. There's so much to work on in COTF, that I feel like if I don't do it right this second, I'll forget. But that's not true, because I can always go back and re-read the notes.
So I'm trying very hard to finish Novel 2 before diving in to COTF, putting thoughts of crappy drafts and word count behind me, though they do keep creeping into my consciousness.
What do you do when you get stuck? Do you ever get distracted and want to start something else? What do you do when that happens? (Do you give in or just keep plugging?)