Writers can sometimes be heartless when it comes to abandoning their characters. They create a universe, crafting it with people in a beautiful landscape. And when the story is over, they simply close the book, leaving behind the world they’ve just created to fly on its own. I made this remark a week ago during a meeting with a group of fellow writers. They didn’t take it lightly—some of them.
I got the sense they were simply camouflaging a self-inflected guilt. Truth can hurt! Many writers, myself included, tend to lose the strong attachment, the bond that ushers the passion to get up every day to do what is right for the characters they’ve created.
This may not be entirely true because, after all, the work bares the author’s name—every page of it. Success or failure depends on the architectural design of the world YOU, the designer, have crafted. So, revisiting the characters feel more like an obligation than a genuine move driven by a divine affection. What do you think?
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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