Open Book Blog Hop – Wish You Were Here

Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!

Today’s topic is: Do you miss a WIP when you’ve finished writing it?

And remember to pay a visit to my fellow writers to see what they have come up with. You can find their works here!

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At first, it might seem strange to miss something we have written once we metaphorically write “The End”. After all, it still exists for us to read. As a draft, a manuscript, published online, printed, bound and sat upon our bookshelf. But it’s not quite the same. Don’t get me wrong, every time I look at my bookshelf and see my name written large across the spine of a book, my book, it fills me with a sense of pride, and something else I cannot quite put my finger on.

But the feeling is a vastly different one from that when we are creating. I find myself lost in my work, almost as though I am there as I write. I don’t plot much with my writing. An idea strikes and the rest comes to me as I write. It’s a journey. I may know certain aspects, maybe where things start or end, but beyond that, I am as clueless as the reader enjoying a book for the first time. I only discover what is happening as it happens. And that is an indescribable feeling. It’s something that is only experienced once. Of course, there is a joy and pride that comes from seeing the finished piece, but there is also an emptiness that cannot be recaptured. Starting a new book is not the same either, it’s a new story with new feelings and a new sense of loss at the end. But it’s all part of the journey.

3 thoughts on “Open Book Blog Hop – Wish You Were Here

  1. I’m usually quite excited to start a new book, but by the end of it I’m bored with the characters and want to write something different. I think my concentration span has declined since I engaged with social media.

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  2. “Starting a new book is not the same either, it’s a new story with new feelings and a new sense of loss at the end.” Exactly! Those are the perfect words to describe the feeling.


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