That Writer’s Separation Anxiety

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Image from Emergingwritersfestival.org.au

You know that bittersweet feeling you get when you finished a project that you’ve been working on for weeks? Months even?

Bitter, because it’s over. Sweet, because you can finally move on the next one.

But what the hell, right? It’s just a project. You map it out. You do it. You check for errors. Then finish it. Voila! You’re done.

But what if you became emotionally invested in the said project? What if you fell in love with the characters involved in it? The characters you wrote yourself. The characters you can only hope that you crafted well, flawed as they may be. The characters that you have to say goodbye to. And don’t get started with the plot.

Weird, right? Like you need to give people another reason to think that writers are cray-cray. Like you didn’t have enough quirks and eccentricities to deal with.

But you feel it just the same. You feel sentimental. Possessive even.

But you have to finish it and let go. Because you know every story has an end. And it’s time you give yours.

But maybe, just maybe, you can hold on a little longer. Until it’s time to set it free…

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Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 3:

The following morning, I pulled up in front of my office building with ten minutes to spare. A little earlier than my usual schedule. Partly to make up for my being late yesterday and partly because I had a good night’s sleep, despite the interruption of an unwanted visitor. So good I hadn’t got the time to think about my dad’s proposal. Well, it wasn’t like time was running out or anything, right? Besides, it’s probably best to give myself a few more days to think it over. Especially when my job was involved…..Read more here!

Other parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!

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6 thoughts on “That Writer’s Separation Anxiety

  1. I know as a reader I become horribly attached to characters, especially those in a series or trilogy, so i cannot imagine what a writer who has spent months with them in their head would feel. I suppose it is similar to the feelings I felt when my children took flight and moved out on their own.

  2. If part of your writer-path was deciding not to have children, then not necessary. Love is love.

    That said, I’ve never felt this anxiety. I feel like I never really separate. Even if the book itself ends, I still know those characters — they’re still around for me to talk to. That universe is still there for me to write in. It’s like Narnia with no age/morality limits.

  3. Mine isn’t so much a separation anxiety as having to build an extension in my mind to house them while they wait for me to write a sequel! I was thinking only this morning (at 2am, as you do) about how I have all these characters and plots in stasis in my mind: one in a stately home in Cornwall, one flying with dragons, one waiting to see if she’ll go skiing with a friend.
    I feel separation anxiety more when finishing someone else’s book, because I don’t know what happens next in quite the same way. They’re not *my* characters.

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