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Monday, February 6, 2012

Saying Goodbye

With each new story we write or read, there comes a time for goodbye. If the characters in a novel are engrossing, saying farewell can be sorrowful. If the characters are those you breathed life into yourself, the goodbye is often particularly painful.

As I finish up the edits and proposal for my second manuscript and begin pondering the characters for my next, I find myself reluctant to leave. The ending is tied up, but I don't want to let go. It's time to move on to fresh ideas, but I don't want to.


Has this ever happened to you? How do you get past this type of writer's block?

12 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, Heidi! There were a few stories in particular that were really hard to say goodbye to because I loved my characters so much.

    When I pushed on, however, I got to find new characters, fell in love with them, and found moving on a lot easier.

    All the best with your new story :)

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    1. I think pushing on is the answer, Cindy! Thanks for the good wishes. :)

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  2. So funny, Heidi! I blogged about the same thing today. I'm reluctant to let go, even with the possibility of new projects. :-)

    I guess as authors we get too attached to our "children."

    :-)

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    1. Yes--our babies, how can we leave them?! LOL Glad I'm not alone, Nicole!

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  3. Congrats on finishing your second m/s, Heidi! I'm probably in the opposite situation because I've been editing the same m/s for over two years. Seriously. I set it aside for a short while, but I'm now making edits for my agent. Let's just say I'll be glad to move on and make some new character-friends, LOL!

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    1. LOL Enjoy beginning the adventure, Sarah. Can't wait to see all your hard work on the shelves soon!

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  4. Heidi,

    Congrats on your second one! You go girl. Yes, I'm finding it hard to move past my first ms. The story is so close to my heart. But, I also look forward to starting afresh on a new project.

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie. It definitely is a bittersweet type of thing...:)

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  5. And what awesome characters they are, Heidi!

    It's a little like moving away from a best friend. Even though you miss them, you have to move on and find other friends.

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    1. Awww, thanks Sandy. And great comparison...now to find those friends... ;)

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  6. I'm not a writer, but as an avid reader I have a hard time saying goodbye to characters I've grown to love. So much so that there are a few books and or series that I read through every few years just to spend some time with my friends.

    Glad that I am not alone.

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    1. Pete--I can totally relate. I read my favorite books more than once just to "spend time with my friends" too. LOL

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