Writing the last chapter of my book was a real chore. The period between the fall of the Han Dynasty and the reunification of China under the Sui and then the Tang is pretty complex, and I was moving at a crawl.
I've finally finished and feel the need to get away from it for a few days.
I found Long Live Death very easy to write, but I was also dealing with a much narrower topic. China's history is a lot broader, and trying to be focused takes a lot more effort. Not only that, there's the language and name difficulties.
I'm also working on the index as I go which is slowing my down now, but should save me time on the back end because I won't have to go back through the manuscript to build it from scratch.
My timeline for completion is slipping a bit as a result, but since I don't have a firm deadline, it's somewhat irrelevant. I was hoping to have the draft done by March, but that was when I thought I'd have 20,000 pages by the end of 2021. I'm still 5,000 pages short of that goal. I'm thinking April-May might be more realistic.