In mourning (no one died, don’t worry)

So I finished Spark a few weeks ago.

I’m really feeling a crash after this one. The character went through such a traumatic time and grew from it that I feel like a son just made it through four rough years of high school and is now leaving home for college, as a successful young man. I’m happy for him, but rather sad, too. I’m kind of mourning the end of the book.

A lot.

I cried over this character. Multiple times. I can think of three scenes right off. I can remember sitting in the bedroom with the laptop in my lap, sobbing so hard that my husband came in to ask what was wrong (and then rolling his eyes and walking out when I told him I was crying over a character). I know Gabriel isn’t real. And I know I’ll get to visit with him again. As Bobbie wisely said, “…he’ll still be in the next book, so he’ll be home to do his laundry at your house and raid your refrigerator.”

Sarah blogged about this last week, and I’m still feeling the low. Do you guys feel this way when you finish a book? Whether reading or writing? 

7 thoughts on “In mourning (no one died, don’t worry)

  1. I know exactly how you feel. I postponed finishing a rewrite for two weeks once because I didn’t want to end the story…

    And that’s just the first book in a series. Don’t want to know what the real end will be like.

  2. Awwwwwww, Brigid! I’m sorry this has been so hard, but I think it’s a testament to how fabulous Gabriel is. And soon, you’ll be able to share him with readers! Which they will thank you for. Because he is awesome.

  3. My books tend to be more humorous, so I don’t really have to write many scenes that tug at tears. However, there is one scene in the sequel to Half-Vampire wherein the protagonist goes through quite a dramatic bonding moment with the man who is his father figure in the book. That, to me, is a moving scene.

    Yes, I’ve cried over tons of books I’ve read. Maybe I’ll even cry over yours. 🙂

  4. Brigid, I am days away from finishing Book 2, and I’ve definitely been feeling sort of anxious. I know it’ll still need a solid month of revising before I send it off to my editor, but yes, while it’s an incredible relief to be finished a draft, it’s also a little sad. I felt the same way when I sent the final proofs of Book 1. Must be a sign that you love your characters!

  5. I totally, totally, totally know what you’re talking about. Anytime I even THINK about the end of the QOG series (or about some of the events that will happen), I burst into tears. I love my characters as much as I love real people. It’s something that non-writer-people can’t understand.

    I also totally go through this with other people’s books. I have ONE book left in Sharon Shinn’s Samaria/ARCHANGEL series, and I am DREADING reading it because there are NO MORE afterwards. Like, I don’t even know what I’m going to DO when I finish the last book…How can I possibly say goodbye to the world and the characters? Rereading the series isn’t really the same, either…*sigh*

    Anyway, I LOVED this post. 🙂

  6. Wow, thanks for all the comments, guys! I think it’s been doubly hard because finishing this book happened concurrently with my returning to my day job from maternity leave, so it was a period of growth and adjustment all around.

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