Why is it so difficult when a really great book ends, or a manuscript is finally finished? We’re sane people. We understood—going in—that there would have to be an end point to this particular relationship…
But somehow…it doesn’t make it any easier.
If you’re like me, I’m often melancholic when I finish a book, or type those last words of a manuscript. Of course I momentarily ride the thrill of the HEA—but I can crash hard later—saying goodbye to these people I’ve grown to love is incredibly difficult.
Why are we so invested?
Because we fell in love.
Here’s the good news: We fell in love with these characters because we’re feeling, loving people with vivid imaginations and strong emotional lives.
More good news: Lots of us feel this way. In fact, this question has been debated for a very long time. In 1921 Pirandello’s, “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” showed the lines of reality and fantasy are often blurred. For everyone.
And even more good news: Falling in love with our characters feels good. Fictional love has no calories, no dangerous chemicals or additives, and there’s no risk.
*Think of buying your next eBook romance novel and finding fictional love as a safe, organic, non-GMO, locally grown, no carbon footprint purchase you can feel good about.
So, go ahead—enjoy your euphoric high and bottomless crash. Fall in love with your Edward Cullen…or Christian Grey…or Phoenix Day…
But above all, when your time together ends, pick up that next book or put your fingers back on the keyboard—trusting you will again experience those feelings of bliss, and knowing that fictional life is long and rewarding, and filled with many, many magical moments.