(WIP by Night-Owl8)
Over the past year and a half, I've been writing a very special piece of literature called Eon Fable: Chapter of the Mind
I went into this chapter with great ambitions. The character's style of narration is supposed to be prissy, sophisticated, and didactic -- Hyacinth is an aristocrat, she speaks down to you, and she's well aware of it. Her prose is very difficult to write, and so it's not something I can just sit down and jam out thousands of words with in a single sitting -- at least not easily.
Many of the philosophical themes are very important to me. It was the chapter that I was somewhat dreading when I first started the Eon Fable project, because I knew that it would likely be the centerpiece of the entire work. There will be a lot of topics discussed that parallel my own deepest philosophies about the way the mind works and perceives the world we live in, and I consider it the most important chapter of fan fiction I've ever written, as well as the single most difficult to complete. Though the character is not going to be a carbon copy of me -- she's going to say a lot of things I personally disagree with -- they're all topics I've spent a long time pondering and sharing with other people, and the chapter will stand as a discussion of the topics rather than a hard judgement about them.
Currently, the chapter is a little over 20k words long, but it's not nearly done. I don't want to set a hard limit on the character's narration -- it's important for me to let the Eon children speak for as long as they need -- but I'm also obsessing over how the information is presented, ensuring that the themes all stay solid and coherent, and no detail is wasted. Even after all the work, I know that many readers are not going to enjoy or appreciate this one even if it's the best I can make it. But that's fine; maybe they'll like the chapter after this one a little better. But I'm sticking with my artistic vision.
Anyway, this brings me to my main point: I'll be joining NaNoWriMo again this year
, and my goal will be to finish Hyacinth's monologue. It might not be ready to show the world by the end of the month, but I at least want to get to the end of the manuscript.
But! I'm going to be bending the rules a bit.
NaNo tries to discourage its participants from obsessing over revising the text we're supposed to hammer out. But due to the high standards I set for Eon Fable, the revisions are an important part of the process, and I'm not even going to try to stop myself from going back to earlier passages and trying to improve them. Thus, I'm going to be a rebel by including in my word count all of the text that's previously been written for the chapter.
So I'm going to be starting at a 20,000 word advantage, but with the stipulation that I'm going to spend a lot of time tweaking and re-writing what I've already got, as I usually do with these chapters. This is quite against the rules, but that's what the rebellion is all about: at the end of the day, NaNoWriMo is a challenge which the participants define for themselves. My challenge is to finally finish this chapter, and that's what I'm going to try to do.
Furthermore, I don't foresee the chapter reaching 50k words, and if it does not, I'll write the rest of the words in Silver Resistance chapters. (This, of course, is also very against the rules. But I don't want a repeat of what happened to the end of Dandelion's chapter two years ago, so I'm not going to force myself to start the Umbreon chapter if I decide that the Espeon's chapter is finished.)
I'm going to try to get one more SR chapter done before the end of the week, which will leave things at quite a good stopping place for now, while I go mostly silent for a month.
Anyway, I look forward to a fun and productive November! If anyone would like to be NaNo buddies this year, let me know, and we'll get set up before November 1st. The best part is watching your friends make progress alongside you.