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Again, I whipped it up on the go, so I hope you find it to be at least half-way decent. Thanks in advance for reading. Also, see the bottom of this post for a complete list of the blog-chainers. I've read a lot of their work and it is amazing!
Without further ado, this is my entry titled, Rainy Days.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
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Friday, March 9, 2012
The answer to that is: not very well. I am two chapters away from completing my current WIP and I do not want it to end! Since last August, this has been my alternate reality, my home away from home, the place that I have put all of my dreams and aspirations into. Now, just like that, it’s over.
I’m dealing with a serious case of separation anxiety.
But who wouldn’t? I first thought of the idea for this novel when I was just a kid, close to ten years ago. I’ve dreamt about putting it to page for almost a decade but never got around to it. Now, after all this time, it is finally coming to completion. You’d think I’d be ecstatic that my idea has finally come to form, but all I can think about is the fact that it is over. The story is complete and thus will not encompass part of my world anymore.
From August to today I have dedicated countless hours to the writing of this novel. Every day I spent time plotting, planning and writing, often blowing off social events and hunkering down in my room for ten hour sessions. My life has revolved around this work for the past seven months. And now it’s going away!
I’ve invested myself so much into this world that the settings feel like home to me and the characters feel like friends and family. The typing of the final sentence feels like breaking up with an entire world. I don’t want it to go.
The sad thing about all of this is that I’m planning a sequel, so this world isn’t gone completely! Why then, am I so bent up about completing this novel? As usual, I think I’ve answered that for myself in the previous part of this post.
Like I said above, I have been working tirelessly on this novel since August. I dedicated the majority of seven months’ time ingrained completely devoted to it, and now this particular piece of writing is coming to its end. I think if anyone spent this much time on this one thing they would be anxious to separate from it as well- at least, if they liked the project they were working on.
And sure, I’m writing a sequel, but it won’t be the same story. Some characters will be lost to make room for new ones (meaning I will lose some ‘friends’) and old settings will be abandoned for a completely different landscape.
I am hesitant to let go of those pieces that will not survive to see the next novel. I don’t want them to go; however, based on the world I’ve created they have to. I feel guilty that I am killing off these characters and settings to maintain a consistent story line.
I do not want to compromise my next novel by allowing these elements to live on, and so I know I must say good-bye to them now. It isn’t easy, though. My mind is swelling with spin-off, flashback and short story ideas; as ridiculous as they all may seem, it’s the only way my mind can cope with the loss.
In time I know I will get over this feeling of remorse, that once I start novel number two I’ll become excited for and ingrained in a new story, but right now I don’t care. I am going to mourn the loss of these characters who for so long have served as my comrades and I am going to wish that their stories go on forever.
As I’ve said, it isn’t easy saying good-bye, but it is inevitable. My recommendation for those dealing with WIP separation anxiety is to mourn the end, make your peace, put one foot in front of the other and move on to the next world. At least, that’s what I plan to do.