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Do you miss a WIP when you’ve finished writing it?
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I don’t know what authors feel outside of what they say to us about letting go of a work. The majority attest to feelings akin to grief and loss. Yet, we continue to forge ahead and repeat the process. It reminds me of rescuing pets from shelter. My mother suffered the loss of a pet that devastated her to the point of not wanting another again. When I lost Sadie, all I wanted was to have my dog back, but I adopted another rescue in need. I am still missing her a great deal, even though I have provided a home to another pet and have a place to put my love again.
Writing a book is like finding and rescuing those in need, telling their stories and suffering with them to the healing stage. At least that is the case in my arena. When you spend so much time getting to know them, and watching their growth, they’re almost like real family and friends. Missing them, therefore, sounds quite natural.
A former supervisor of mine remarked that the way I speak of them makes them seem quite real. This isn’t a bad thing, or sign of insanity. It’s actually a very good sign that the material you’ve made is relatable and well-crafted. Think about it. If you couldn’t speak about the characters in your book as if they were close friends or family, how do you know enough about them to write them authentically? Won’t they feel flat or underdeveloped?
That’s a lot of emotional investment in what boils down to thoughts (be they complex or not) in your head. That said, don’t we get invested in our favorite characters on television and movies? That is the intention of the creators. Not only do they want you entertained, they want you invested in what is going on. That’s part of the magic of this entertainment. Don’t forget, books were the TV before the tube existed.
To date, yes, I miss my characters, especially from Trailokya. If you know about that series, then you know that I still dream the dreams that created them. That helps, because I don’t have to miss them for long! However, there are dry-spells when I don’t hear from them. There is still hope, as I plan to continue the series with another trajectory and build out more characters and perhaps roll out some of the established ones. I’ll end up missing them, too.
The good part about completing a WIP is that you get that sense of accomplishment at the end. Also, you can revisit anytime while you work on the fine-tuning, or need to remind yourself of something. They’re never really gone far. Although it has been many years since I last visited with Carsten, he too will return in time and working with him again is going to be a delight. All of the old memories to recall and new to make.
Something few authors talk about on this front is how the journey shows you a great deal about yourself. The ideas we seemingly manifest from thin air and the people that populate them are forged inside the recesses of our minds. Naturally, you could argue that every characters is merely reflecting facets of the individual who created them. No longer exercising those aspects of ourselves (by writing) creates a strange sense of loss. Is it ourselves that we are missing?
Let’s hop on over to see what the other authors have to say on finishing their WIPs and the feelings they go through in the process…