I am having some real trouble with this story I’m working on. I’ve hit a bit of a wall. I have pretty much the entire story mapped out in my head and in about twenty nine slightly disconnected scenes that culminate in approximately 43,000 words. Novel length. But something is still not right. I don’t know how to proceed.
A thought I had today, while struggling with the whole concept of life in the 1950s, my romanticized version versus reality, of how to tie it into a modern setting (aka. something I understand). But I don’t know that I really want to go there. The idea was to have the granddaughter of the de facto protagonist be assigned her grandmother’s scholarly work in one of her own college classes and having that be a jumping off point to explore the rest of the story that I’ve already written.* But I don’t know how I feel about that structure. I didn’t set out for this to be a story about a young woman understanding her grandmother better, or more wholly; even though I’m all about women understanding the women before them in order to better understand their own place in the world.
I suppose my question is: would it be a cop-out? Is it the easy way to tie in all the pieces I’ve written so far? Or should I keep searching for something more organic and stay in the fifties?
*The idea makes me excited because then I’d get to create new characters and I love creating new characters.