I've been having some trouble recently with a project I am working on for a friend. Trouble is inevitable; in some ways I think it is indicative of a good, real, working process. Still, it is not fun. Not at the moment, anyway.
The trouble is that my first draft is by far my friend's favorite, but I can't use it, for silly technical reasons. And because I can't see it the way she does, I can't recreate it. I am trying.
But that in itself is a futile endeavor. I have to instead create the new something that will capture the spirit of the first, but be its own thing.
And I have to realize: we are not always the best judge of our own work.