Part of the challenge is that I have these smaller, episodic arcs that tie into one larger arc, and about enough conflicts for about five novels, and--Hell. It's just a big, big book. And my head is going to have to grow about two or three sizes to fit around it.
I did get almost 600 words of outline notes and so forth written today. I currently have 173 continguous manuscript pages and an additional 16 pages of scene-and-outline on top of that, and I'm wondering if in large part I'm not stuck with a novel that wishes to be written out of order.
And I'm about to go take another crack at the second half of Act II, Scene iv. Which needs its little nose rubbed in its mess.... I have about 40K of book, in other words, and I've been working on it just a little under a month. So really, I need to get off my own back. Especially considering the amount of research this has taken.
Although I may have just figured out what I needed to get to get my teeth into this scene, after two days of thrashing. Sometimes whining at the Muse works, after all.