Not every writing day is great.
Some days, you find places in your read-through (the thing before the new words) that won’t stand as is… and you pull out the bits that went in a direction you’ve discovered you do not wish to pursue, and you put in new words.
And you get a NET gain…
But it’s not the same kind of triumph as racing through the field yelling “WHEEEEEE!!!” and galloping straight ahead, and getting your full count objective one more time.
The book moved forward today, but not as much as we had hoped.