But after the first delight, I begin to feel the loss. I’ve spent the last 14 months involved with my main character, Thora. She’s been my best friend and constant companion. I’ve been with her through her trials and her joys. We’ve shared tears and smiles and I know all her secret thoughts. I’m really going to miss her.
Of course, we’ll have quite an intensive reunion when I do my rewrites. I’m already looking forward to working with her again. But then it’ll be time to say goodbye. And goodbyes are always sad.
Then, rather like when your best friend leaves your school and you have to start over with someone else, it’ll be time to start getting to know a new character. At first, I won’t feel as comfortable with her. We’ll be sizing each other up and I’ll be thinking, ‘It’s not going to be the same. She’ll never be a friend like Thora.’ But of course she probably will be. We just need to get better acquainted.