"Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow." Shakespeare's classic line from Romeo and Juliet really struck home with me yesterday.You see, I finished a short novel destined (hopefully) for Ellora's Cave. But as I typed the epilogue a familiar sadness gripped me. I stopped writing to explore the problem. Then I realized what it was - my time with characters I love was nearing an end. And like good friends, it's tough to say goodbye. Yet as most writers will agree, there's almost a euphoria when you reach the end of a manuscript. The task is complete.
But I gotta say - the timing was just perfect. I finished writing in the afternoon. Then I made dinner, hung out with DH and the kids and made a couple phone calls. When I returned to my computer I found a letter from my editor with edits for my upcoming novella, Horsing Around. Once I receive edits, I do nothing else. Luckily for me, the changes were so small, I had the entire thing sent back to my editor less than two hours after I opened the file.
So even though I hated to part with my characters, I know it's time to cast them out into the ocean of submissions (or the Rejectosphere as Cara calls it;-).
What about you? Do you hate it or love it when you finish writing (or reading) a book? Or both, like me?