Sionnach Wintergreen

author of romance and fantasy

Loving a Novel and Abandoning It

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People have asked me which of my novels is my favorite. The answer is whatever I’m working on at that moment. The novel of now is always my favorite.

Maybe this is because I’m an INFP. NFs look to the future. When I’m writing a novel, I’m living for the future–for that moment when it’s born and real and ready to be read by people who aren’t me.

I usually know the end of a story around the same time I find its beginning. I write toward the ending, adjusting it if necessary. I also usually have more than one going at a time. If one takes off, it gets my undivided attention until it’s finished.

Once it’s done, I usually hate it for a while. I move onto the next project in line, my new love. I used to feel guilty about this, but I think it’s my way of letting the work go, letting it be complete without me. Ultimately, my books are for readers; I merely produce them.

2 thoughts on “Loving a Novel and Abandoning It

  1. Interesting. I think it’s the connection with the characters and the landscape of the story that drives me. I fall in love with the project, and then I fly with it. I can let the book go at the end, but I’m not always ready to let the characters go: hence the sequels. I’ve been living with the Hollystone Coven characters for twelve years now. They’re as real to me as anyone else in my life, and continue to grow and change.

    I think this makes some good points about us INFPs.
    https://introvertdear.com/news/10-type-secrets-of-the-infp/

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  2. I guess the characters stay with me too. Some hang around more than others. The books, themselves, usually embarrasse me for a while.

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