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This manic writing phenomenon also happened to me while writing Hemlock II. It seems I can get obsessive about writing sometimes. So, while I've had to put the brakes on just a bit, the good news is the end of the story is coming into sight. I think that's good news, anyway. Bittersweet also, perhaps, but good for the production of this novel.
On a personal note, I'm reading a very interesting book about the relationship between Art and Religion called The Re-Enchantment of the World: Art vs. Religion . It's made several points so far that have resonated with me and require additional contemplation. One is that my personal fascination with mythology and fiction could be related to a disenchantment with the dogma of religion. Another is that people relate strongly to stories because a fundamental way we all view our lives is as narratives. The book goes on to state that we all want to "be somebody" and have a heroic narrative. And because we think in terms of narratives it's easy for us to identify with narratives written as stories. My initial reaction is I think these ideas make a lot of sense, but I haven't had time to fully digest them, yet.
Will this book influence the final chapters of Hemlock Book IV? I would say yes. At the very least they may help to guide my hand on the rudder of the story. I have to think about Hemlock's narrative, and also the narratives of all the other characters in the novel. I will have to ask myself whether these narratives are all coherent and brought to a satisfying and logical conclusion. Will there be other influences from this book? I can't say yet. I haven't even completed it yet.
Thanks for reading my update! I hope you are doing well.