Book 4 of my series and I've run out of ideas... this book has been on hold for what, nearly two years? I've been a little desperate to restart it but it comes back to the same problem- I have a journey, Planet A to Planet B. Of course, I could eliminate this problem by saying, you know, "the journey was long but uneventful and eventually they got there" (maybe not in those words, but you know what I mean) but that'd be too quick in the narrative. Point B is near the end of the story, so I need some significant padding, which probably means I need another secondary plotline, but that's blanking me too... I'd appreciate any thoughts. Basically, in short form, the situation is this- Earth was invaded by an alien species in book one. Eventually the enemies of this species came to help us but my main protagonist was captured and subjected to an alien called the Mander, who can link with the nerves etc of its victim and read its mind as though recalling its own memories. After a blackmail situation with the protagonist, it decided to end the problem by legging it. In book four, my protagonist, alongside another victim who is an alien, find out that my main antagonist is after this Mander (bearing in mind that the mind of the Mander is a hive of knowledge, about superior technology and about Earth, which the antagonist has a fixation about). The two of them, as well as being the closest to where they think the Mander is as well as not actively being involved in the fighting, decide that they need closure from their experience and want to be present at the death of this creature (and need to get to it before the antagonist). I've just been drawing blanks about how to fill the time in inbetween... So far I've got that they need to get over their intense fear of this creature through practicing fighting it in the hologram rooms and the not entirely original "get to the planet and find out he's moved on" scenario. I can't help but feel that I should essentially ignore that they are on a spaceship and treat it like one might treat any other place, like a cafe or house, by having some kind of interaction between my characters that would pad out time, but I can't think of anything there either. Any advice would be very welcome.