Writing: Getting Attached to Characters
"When writing a novel, a writer should create living people, people, not characters. A character is a caricature."--Earnest Hemingway
I used to hear that when writers are crafting their stories, their characters take on a life of their own. Before I got deep into it like I am now, I never really quite understood this. However, now that I'm wrapping up my first ever series, I totally understand it.
They aren't just characters in a story. They are real people that live in my head that I have to get onto paper! Or so it seems. If you write, you fully understand this. Getting so attached to these beings that you've created that you over edit, over revise, and are your own worst critic.
I've run into this myself recently. Book 3, Claim Me, of my current series was just sent off to my publisher. I don't even know how many times that I've re-written this book. I originally wrote it as a teenager and shelved it. So by now...at least 6-7 times. At some point I had to back away and say..no more editing. My beta readers love it. It's time to let go.
I've created an entire world around these imaginary people. Now it's time to let these little babies fly away on their own and hope that you will all love them like I do.
So this is what I've done. I'm the proverbial mama bird shoving her fully grown baby out of the nest because it's time to fly. This isn't to say that you won't see some of these characters again. When you create whole worlds (especially in a series) It's easy to have them pop up again in the future.
You will see Ashley and Shane again in The Scarred books, coming in the future. You will also See Brandon (Making his debut in Claim Me, in the Scarred books.)
So I say, get attached. Love them. Nourish them and let them grow, because you never know. They might just pop up again when you least expect it. They sure have for me.
Stay tuned to my social media for updates on the final installment of the Friend-Zone series.