There are times when I put down a book and even if the story has ended happily, I feel bittersweet. You live with the characters in a story for a week, a month, a series. They love and you love. They cry and you cry. It’s sometimes such an intimate thing, that when it’s over, it can be like saying goodbye to a friend that never knew you.
I started a fiction writing website years ago with a great bunch of friends. Together we created a world from scratch, dreamed up the cultures, the settings, and the characters that inhabited it. Now we’ve all moved on to other things.
Yesterday I wrote the last post and tied up the loose ends of a story that’s been waiting patiently for a conclusion for more than a year. As I read backwards to re-orient myself, the characters began to take on that telltale spark of life. Writing the last post was easy, I knew how everyone would talk and act. It was like meeting old friends again.
And I’m a little sad.
Even if we create them… our characters can take on lives of their own sometimes. I like to imagine they keep on living, and loving, and adventuring even when I am no longer writing them.
Maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic, or maybe I’m just odd? 🙂
Oh yes, I did kill off a character or two in the process. I guess I’m just a little bit evil too.
I used to be a glass-half-empty kind of person, but that’s changed over the years. Sometimes I still struggle to maintain positivity, but today it’s sunny outside, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and my dear husband E is finally home from his trip. It’s a good day.
In the spirit of positivity, here are a few quotes that can apply to writing as well as life:
ADVICE TO A NEW WRITER: There are no rules in this profession. Do what is good for you. Read books and watch films that stimulate your writing. In your writing, go where the pain is; go where the pleasure is; go where the excitement is. Believe in your own original approach, voice, characters, story. Ignore critics. HAVE NERVE. BE STUBBORN.
~ Anne Rice
(The Olympian Creed) Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
~ Thomas Carlyle
There’s a word for a writer who never gives up… published.
~ Joe Konrath
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
~ Jack London
I sense a theme… maybe it’s due to where I am in the writing process, which is at the beginning of a very long road. Though if I think about it, I have really just have two personal motto’s when it comes to writing: there’s always more to learn, and write honestly. Writing honestly is easier said than done.