The Story Behind the Story
This is not the article I intended to publish today, which was to explore some of the stories behind the narratives in fiction – something which fascinates me.
In my corner of the world it is about to click over midnight and a new day. I have been up for almost twenty hours (having had a few hours broken sleep last night). A good chunk of today has been spent in the air on in departure lounges.
I left home while the almost full moon was up, caught a 6am flight to my nation’s captial to join with more than 2000 other people to protest changes in legislation which will effectively outlaw homebirth in Australia as of 2010. My son was born at home almost five and a half years ago, and homebirth has remained an important part of my life since.
My connecting flights home were all delayed due to a huge storm in Sydney and all the time mentally set aside to write today, were consumed with catching up with long lost friends within the birth reform movement as well as a half hour spell in the gallery of Parliament House, watching my nation’s politicians behave rather badly during Question Time. This is where my first NaNo adventure had my main character’s trajectory set for, so it was amazing to finally see it all being played out in the flesh. To look among the seats and imagine Abby there amongst it all.
My deep held passion for birth reform, homebirth and the profession of midwifery is only just starting to bleed into my fiction work. Any of those following my Fourth Fiction Novella will see a strong presence of birth there. Those who know me away from the page will probably wonder why it has taken so long for this subject matter to wind up in my fiction writing.
So this is the story behind why the story I was intending to share with you, won’t be here today – but I promise it for next week.
Does your passion for other things in life bleed into your fiction? Is is a conscious or unconscious inclusion?