At least I have a mantra. I repeat to myself "This story is all about the [ELIDED]. If this bit of prose is not all about [ELIDED], it shall not be written. Think [ELIDED]."
And I have to say, the Oblique Strategy for today is most useful. Work faster.
AUGH. My head might yet pop before Sunday. And just think, I started this story months and months ago, but it didn't help.