I got some tough advice from my critique buddies this week. One of the chapters of my work-in-progress just wasn't working for them. I went through the usual stages:
1) Numbness and shock - "Really? I can't believe that chapter was so bad."
2) Denial - "But I need these scenes to set up the conclusion. They just don't get it!"
3) Depression - "Sometimes it seems like I'm never going to get it right."
4) Working through it - "What if...? Maybe... I could try..."
5) Acceptance - "They were right. The old chapter didn't move the story forward."
Even though at first it stung a little, after giving their critiques time to settle, I realized they were right. [It's always a big tip off when more than one person says essentially the same thing.] After some brainstorming, I ended up with a new and much improved chapter. And lots of enthusiasm to continue working on the rest of the novel.
Yay for critique partners!