2012_June_rejection2“After I write a novel or a story, I miss the characters—I feel sort of bereaved.”

Marilynne Robinson

I love this quote from the author Marilynne Robinson, perhaps best known for her novel Gilead.

And for those of us who love writing – or reading – isn’t it too true?

Think about reading a book you really love, one you’re racing through because you are anxious to see how it ends. And when you first close the page at that breathless ‘The End’, you feel a deep sense of satisfaction. And then? Often, I feel a type of ‘bereavement’, as Robinson calls it.

It happens even more when I’m writing. After all, as a writer, you’re firmly within the heads of your own characters. You are thinking endlessly about how they should act, how they should speak, how should they feel. It can be tough to say goodbye when the ink dries on the last revision.

What do you think, writers and readers? Do you mourn the loss of your characters when you stop writing (or reading) a story you love?