Saying Goodbye to Your Characters

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As a writer, my characters are always talking to me. Not literally of course, but they're always performing inside my head. Some characters I've become very attached to as if they're real-life people. It may sound crazy, but I even think about how they would respond to certain situations that happen in real life. I wonder what will they say or do in certain situations? Perhaps that's why so many of my reviews have stated that my characters seem realistic and easy to relate to.

One thing for sure, the realism that I create has made me possessive of them, especially Connie Morris. Connie is the main in my book, "A River Moves Forward." I've become attached to her because I watched her grow up and become a beautiful, admirable woman. Now that I'm writing the sequel, I have become just as attached to her daughter, Tracey. Although I am very busy as a writer with a day job, I have procrastinated with the sequel because I am just not ready to say goodbye to the Morris Family.

It's almost like Tyler Perry's Madea series, eventually, he had to tell other stories. Trust me, I have other stories that are in the queue waiting for publishing. However, I have to say goodbye to my current cast of all-stars. This will not be easy, but I plan to make the sequel an enjoyable ride.

Author Selena Haskins

Selena Haskins is the author of her best-selling book A River Moves Forward. In 2013, recognized Selena as a Top 100 Author.

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