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How do you feel when you finish a story?
On September 26, 2018 | 2 Comments

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How does finishing a story make you feel?  A friend suggested this subject the other day, and I am sure all writers will be able to relate to the mixture of emotions.  When starting this I was thinking of the writer’s perspective, but I think readers go through similar sentiments.  So what does happen to an author after they finish writing their novel?  Is it sheer excitement as you are about to show the world your creation, your baby? Or is it terror, at the thought of exposing yourself to the opinions of others? Or Maybe there is the feeling of loss, at the end of your story, because you are about to say goodbye to the characters that you have invested so much of your life in. I suspect, for most of us, it is a blend of these emotions.  Certainly, it is for my friend who brought up this topic. She made the point, that we become so close to our characters that there may be parts of us or our loved ones in them.  We have gone to bed dreaming about them and wake with them very much in our minds. Our characters spend the day with us; we even think about them and their emotions when we are out shopping, or when we are relaxing at the end of the day.

So when your story is done, what does your spectrum of emotions look like? Is there that feeling of loss? Is this where you start a series featuring your characters because you can’t say goodbye? Or do you rejoice as you send them off into the world and enjoy the thought of all the people who will get to meet them, and love them as you do? Maybe you have had your time with them and look forward to your next written friends?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments here on the blog, the BVS Facebook page, or my Facebook page. We have a twitter page too, and we are always happy to follow people that follow us.

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Bobbie Bain Posted February 22, 2019 at12:42 am   Reply

Hmmmm… depends, I’ve written 6 so far, some shorts, a novella and three novels. I always feel as if I can make just one more little tweak… and I do. Then I have to make myself stop.. and move on to the next one. It’s pretty personal this writing!

Amanda Ravenscroft Posted April 20, 2019 at10:22 am   Reply

Hi Bobbie, yes it is personal, yes I totally get how difficult it is to let go of your story and let it out in the world. From the authors I chat to, it is a pretty common feeling. Thank you so much for commenting and sharing, it means a lot.

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