It's amazing that something that takes three and a half minutes in CSI:NY takes up nearly 2000 words in a novel setting.
Figuring out just how my vampire virus works is next on the agenda. In a discussion with my Writing Buddy, we postulated that it might oxidize DNA somehow, but I don't know. It's gotta be blood-borne for the plot, obviously, although how my lady vamp caught it in the first place is up for grabs as well.
So, yeah, y'all. I'm 56,500 words into this thing and have no earthly idea how one of my major plot points actually works.
Someone please reassure me that this happens to other novelists. Characters take over who weren't supposed to, the handwavium gets thin, the endgame isn't making itself known, and it switches genres 2/3 of the way through?
This happens to other writers, right?