The first chapters are a nightmare. I want them to be perfect, but instead, they sometimes end up getting disjointed and confusing, each revision perhaps even worse than the last. At other times, I hit a writing stride. Everything is flowing perfectly and I hammer out three or four brilliant chapters in a row.
I'm working on a long chapter at the moment, and it's bad. It sounds like, I went here, then I went there, then I went here, and then there and ....
Well, you get the point.
I need to do some major editing. Tone down the road trip hotel after hotel description, simplify it into one or two strong descriptions, get to the destination and breathe a big sigh of relief that I didn't die.
Back to the drawing board.