Yes, I seem to be having a crisis of sorts. I am 191 pages into my novel and suddenly it seems like I only have half the story. Like I’m missing the whole beginning or something. How did these characters come to be where they are?
If your wondering how this all fits in with my genealogy search, it does in a loose way. It takes place in North Carolina, a place my paternal ancestry comes from. From Scotland to North Carolina during the clearances.
Some of the names I’ve used are named of actual ancestors. Usually, I named a character first and then found out I had an ancestor with that name. Subliminal suggestion? The story takes place right after the Civil War and I did have some ancestors who fought in that war.
A major theme is race relations and interracial romantic relationships. A theme I know well as I have been in one myself for 23 years and have a mixed race daughter who is 21. Of course, I wasn’t around in 1866 but that’s what research is for.
So, I’m having this crises and wondering what others do. I also have this thing about “stream of Consciousness” writing. Like, I think I’m writing Ullyses or something. Lol
Anyway, besides this crisis. Awful time of year here in Missouri for allergies. My eyes water constantly. Makes it hard to write. I’ll keep pushing on. This is my second late life career and I am loving it.