I'm not a particularly sentimental person. Yes, I still have my wedding dress and all of the cards my husband has given me over the years. Oh, and the dollar bill my great grandmother gave me when I was six, but...well, okay, maybe I'm a little sentimental.
When it comes to writing though, I try to stand back and look at my characters and stories as just what they are -- fiction. Created by me but not real people. I say the words "I try" because, darn it, I am sentimental about my guys and gals and their lives.
I created them out of nothing. Gave them life, fed them, clothed them, was even there for their first love making. Blushing a little bit, but I was there. Yes, I'm a bit of a voyeur too.
Even though I love my characters and my stories, I know at some point I have to let them go. I have more stories to tell. No, they've not sold. They're sitting there, waiting for the right time, right person, right market, right whatever...but I have to forget about them and write about other characters and other stories. I know I do. But it's hard.
I've written three manuscripts and I have yet to stop tinkering. So many writers will bravely admit that their first manuscript(s) are stinkers. I don't know that I'm there yet. I still go back and fall in love with my stories and characters when I read them again. Will I ever be able to let go? I don't know. I hope I can or do I?
What about you? Can you write a manuscript, call it finished and then go on to your next story? Or do you have trouble letting go? Do you go back and tinker and play or do you look toward your next great story?