In my current WIP, I feel like things are moving too quickly. But I don't know how to slow it down. I'll give you the gist of the story to explain. My MC Seren gets crowned as the queen. (The queen is chosen by a seer, normally from a group of pre-selected women, but she selected Seren instead, who was watching in the crowd.) It's the queen's job to fight this destructive force that's killing the ground, food, and people. She has 30 days from the time she's crowned to do it. And so far, every queen that has tried to destroy this force has died. Seren doesn't want this responsibility. She doesn't want to fight it. She doesn't want to worry about it. She believes she's going to die fighting it, so why even bother? But I'm worried her change of heart may be happening too fast. At first, she's very aloof. She secludes herself, does her own thing, tries to keep her mind off of it. Later, she catches someone in the palace mistreating a maid, so she punishes him out of instinct to protect the helpless. She goes back to being aloof. But then the next day, she basically throws herself in head first, changing the rules and considering firing someone of importance -- something only the queen can do. Planning-wise, this takes place over eight or nine chapters. Story-wise, it's only three days. While I'm planning it, it doesn't feel like it's happening too quickly. It feels natural. But then when I realize it's only been three days, it throws me off. I want it to take longer for her to have a change of heart. But I don't know how to do it! I mean, should I just fill up days with nonsense? Should I quickly summarize a couple days so that a week has passed within one chapter? Or should I just not worry about it at all and let the story move at its own pace? Remember, I have a deadline in what can be accomplished. She has thirty days and a lot happens later. Sure, I have a leeway of about 5-6 days, where I can stretch things out as needed -- there's a week-long training session that can be cut if it must to make more room. So I don't want to drag out the beginning too much... But I also don't want the reader to read it and think, "Wow, she got over her aversion of being queen real quick, didn't she?" Anyway... Forgive my rambling. What do you think?