Some of you might have noticed that I haven't been writing
I've come up with the names of my main characters, and more than a few of the supporting cast, and a bit of their history as it pertains to the story. I have set up the opening scenes and how the main characters come together. I have my eye on the ship aspect -- naturally.
Unfortunately, what I still don't know is what this story is actually about. I mean, okay, it's about a sort of backwater culture that has to fight off a more technologically advanced culture because the latter thinks the former has taken over their 'holy land'. Fortunately for the backwater culture (I imagine them as around turn-of-the-20th century) they weren't always so backwater, and also a soldier for the advanced culture has sort of defected to their side.
But that doesn't satisfy me. I want to know what the climactic scene of the story is going to be; of my four protagonists, who will it come down to? Even with what they learn about their ancestors, how does the less advanced culture even put up a fight if the more advanced culture really wants to beat the crap out of them? Is the antagonist really the source of the turmoil or is she just being used by others? Is this story fantasy or science fiction, or both? What is the overarching theme?
I know, as the (potential) author, I'm supposed to be the one answering these questions. But I don't know!
I think I would like to punch someone now. Or at least bounce something off their heads.