And they are SLOW!!!
It is really easy to let the voices get in my head and say that I suck as a writer because X, Y and Z writers crank through their scenes the way I go through a bowl of popcorn but if nothing else in my writing journey, I have learned that I need to tell little voice to shut up and who wears that much pink anyway, quit worrying about if the quarterback of the hypothetical football team likes me and keep writing my way because it is the only way that will work for me.
It's easy to forget that people who are at a different stage than we are have a different process, but the same process. They struggled through writing, got stuck in scenes, found out a character wasn't quite working. Sometimes we forget that, when we see their cute covers, hear about super-agent who loves them, eat too many cinnamon bears hearing about their awesome time at wherever that we want to be.
But if we resist? If we put off that desire for that feeling RIGHT NOW, just think about how much better it will be for us when we get it!
So writers in the trenches (and you do know that we all return with each new book, right?), keep writing. Keep trudging and plowing and typing, even just one measly letter at a time, because the words we write, however slow they may make the journey from brain to fingers, are words that get us closer to where we want to be.
What's your snack of choice when wallowing in a fit of envy? How do you work through the hard scenes to write? What are your plans to be further ahead this time next week than you are today?