Two pages a day.
I had an idea that a blood feud (very common in my 16th century Wales setting) would not only add excitement, but could be the thread that ties the events of my story together. I tried inserting a death to get things rolling in my first scene where things got physical. It didn’t work. How can someone getting killed not work in a scene with swords slashing and bows twanging?
“Try starting it somewhere else,” someone in my critique group said. (Have I ever mentioned how important critique groups are to a writer?)
So we get through the fight with no serious injuries and BAM! the death happens the next morning. It works. It gives more depth to my characters and starts the feud that will be significant in the ending.
The feud does indeed help me tie together events that before seemed random. I’m not done yet. (Two more weeks until the deadline.) I keep pushing ahead in increments, but if feels so slow.
I can do that.