So it used to be I knew how to set a scene, convey mood, build suspense, reveal subtext. But do you think I can do that now? I've written whole books filled with such prose, but they lacked plot and character development. (Minor things, really, compared to pretty prose.) The last couple of books I wrote had plot and character development and decent dialogue ... and the dang things only amounted to 30,000-50,000 words. Not real novels. I admit I did this on purpose for the most recent WIP. I didn't make time to get to know the characters before I started the first draft-- I knew enough about them to know how they played into the plot and the main characters' changes, but that was it. I figured out their wants, quirks, back stories, and personalities as I went.
So, yeah. The pendulum has swung the other way. Now I have a draft that has plot and character change, and I can't remember how to make pretty prose that sets the scene, conveys the mood, builds suspense and reveals subtext.
I am so frustrated with myself. I'm sitting here day after day, staring at the screen, trying to decide how to start these scenes, trying to decide what's important to convey to the reader ... and I can't make a decision to save my life. In the first draft, I didn't care, I just wrote what came to mind. This draft has a lot riding on every word I choose. And I know it's silly to even worry about it because I know there has to be at least another draft after this.
This is my daily battle.