I had a really productive creative burst. It came out of the fact that my current arc is much more rigidly plotted than my previous one. Working from a solid structure has a lot of benefits, not the least of which is that the result is an all-around better story.
But then, uh-oh!, I got cocky and let it ride for too long. Now I am falling behind my schedule again. I need to buckle down and get caught up, that deadline is bearing down and starting to look a little scary. I don;t want to have to force things to fit at the last moment.
On the other hand, making things work under that pressure will surely be a valuable learning experience.