Yes, I thought. Work with what you know first. Don't worry if you don't see the whole picture. If you don't understand every detail of your character. If you aren't totally sure how to jump from one chapter to the next. Move anyway. With what you CAN do.
Book of the Week: A couple of weeks ago I asked for book ideas on Marx. There wasn't an outpouring of response--no surprise there--however I managed to unearth one:
by Susan Coll. It's hardly filled with facts, but is a novel paralleling the life of Marx's daughter, Eleanor, and that of a confused grad student. I got a smile out of it, and am ready to dive back into the dusty pages of history. Unless, of course, you've got some other fun ideas?