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Can't really comment, as I'm still on book #2, and all my stories are interconnected, one way or another. (I'm writing about main character A's parents' best friend's shop assistant on a different world ...) But ... just think how many more awesome people there are to tell stories about out there!
 

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Well, I thought I had finished my series and then had characters from that series pop up in my new book. Hmm, guess I wasn't quite ready to let them go.  :)
 

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I finished my trilogy a few months ago and I feel like I just ended a long term relationship. (which it kind of was). I've mostly been dabbling in stories set in the same world and trying to commit to a new series. It feels like dating someone new.  But corny analogies aside, I feel your pain.  ;D
 

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I get this with every book, because I write stand-alones. (Within series.) It was horribly wrenching with the first book. What was worse, I was also leaving New Zealand. Leaving my couple AND leaving the country--it was literally depressing. The only thing that got me out of it was that I was writing the next book, so I was able to be back there in my mind.

And that's been the answer, overall. I know I'll go through it, and I know I'll find a new couple, a new story to fall into, to immerse myself in, and that at the end...I'll be sad again. Until the next time.

Plus, I'm writing three series at once. :) So I don't have to let any of them go. That's another answer!

But when I'm forced to close the book on the Escape to NZ series...that's going to kill me. I'll admit it. I keep saying I'll quit. But I don't, because I love my sweet, sexy rugby boys too much, and because there are 15 starters, and you know, it's been a few years now, and some of them have retired! I've now written two starting No. 10s. And they have coaches...and doctors...oh, dear...

Yeah, it's hard to leave a world you love. Even if you have other worlds you love, too. But financially, too--much better to go wide, to be known for more than one thing.
 

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I know exactly what you mean. My first series was my trilogy of children's fantasy adventure novels. I loved-loved-loved being in and creating that world. I loved those characters. I did move on, though...sniff...sniff :'( ....and got to meet/create many new characters whom I also love. Right now, I'm turning two more of my books into series and am close to publishing two more books in my post-apocalyptic zombie universe, which I'm seriously enjoying working on. Maybe when it comes to characters and fictional worlds, the more the merrier? :)
 

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I only began writing my first book because I was in a lull in my real job. My life had gotten busy again by the time I finished my second book, but I was too deep into my story to quit there so, little by little, I found the time to complete my series. As much as I enjoyed (and am still enjoying) being published, I don’t know if/when I’ll write another book or series. Even though it’s been two years since I finished my last book, I guess I’m still very attached to the old world and characters. It is hard to move on, especially since I have little time nor true desire to write something new at the moment. How long will it take to find new friends? Honestly, no idea.
 

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I'm editing my fifth novel and cried-yup, cried- when I had to say goodbye to one of my main characters. I'm planning a spin-off series, set in the same world but with different characters. I want to reach new readers, and a spin-off will do that, but at the same time it's so damn hard to let go.
I'm afraid I don't have any tips. Just that all good things come to an end, and we can go on and find new good things to play with :D
 

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D-to-the-C said:
I'm editing my fifth novel and cried-yup, cried- when I had to say goodbye to one of my main characters. I'm planning a spin-off series, set in the same world but with different characters. I want to reach new readers, and a spin-off will do that, but at the same time it's so damn hard to let go.
I'm afraid I don't have any tips. Just that all good things come to an end, and we can go on and find new good things to play with :D
I will definitely cry when my series ends, but I think a spin-off series is a good way to go, so that's what I'll probably do too. I do worry sometimes that I've only got the one good idea in me. :(
 

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That's what I'm afraid of, my next friends being ass-hats.

I just finished my series and I have lots of new ideas, even started writing three of them down-- but I fear that it's just shallow. Like a girl dating a whole bunch of randoms just to get over her ex. But whatever, it serves its purpose. Whether these other stories turn out to be publishable remains to be seen, but they are helping fill the space left by my main loves, for now!
 

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VictoriaScribens said:
Can't really comment, as I'm still on book #2, and all my stories are interconnected, one way or another. (I'm writing about main character A's parents' best friend's shop assistant on a different world ...) But ... just think how many more awesome people there are to tell stories about out there!
You should have put a spoiler alert on that one!

I am working on one series which I'll probably finish in the next year and a bit, but I have another couple of projects on the back burner. Will I miss my characters? Maybe, but I think I'll be ready to see other people at that point.
 

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Oh the feels. I actually wrote a blog post about this yesterday. I'm currently writing book five of what will likely be a seven book series, and suddenly it dawned on my that the end was nigh. I had a mini nervous breakdown, then eventually had to reassure myself with the idea that I could always write a "Where are they now?" type sequel if I started missing my characters too much.
 

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Sara C said:
Oh the feels. I actually wrote a blog post about this yesterday. I'm currently writing book five of what will likely be a seven book series, and suddenly it dawned on my that the end was nigh. I had a mini nervous breakdown, then eventually had to reassure myself with the idea that I could always write a "Where are they now?" type sequel if I started missing my characters too much.
Can you link to the blog post? I want to read it.
 

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When I finished The Gastien Series I sobbed like a baby. Ruined my make-up, gasping for air type of sobbing. It was so hard to let them go! I posted in here to ask if it was normal. Within minutes I had a couple pages of responses, showing me my reaction was not unusual.

I was convinced I would never find another character to love, let alone several. Nor would I have a decent idea for one more book, let alone a series. I took about a month to just paint, as that is who I am in my soul.

Then Dave and I were driving down the highway about 6 weeks after the final Gastien came out, and he asked why I hadn't read 50 Shades of Grey.  I told him, and then, in my mind the words "House of Pleasure, House of Pain" came clear as day. I looked at him and said, "I know my next series. It will be about some girls, and one boy, who are sex-trafficked. It will show the pain behind what men see as pleasure. And it will be about revenge." He asked what the name would be. I said, "There will be four books: House of Pleasure, House of Pain, House of Trickery, House of Shame."

It was difficult to start and I felt empty as I typed away. I am a total pantster, so the main character takes over and I just type. I kept going, feeling the whole thing sucked (but then I always do while I'm typing it.)  I wanted to quit, but knew I needed more books. When the first was done and I read it, I got excited. The characters meant something to me. By the second books they meant as much as the Gastien characters had. Well, almost. Gastien will always be the series with the most of my soul in it. (He, too, was an artist and so was his grandson.)But all the rest I have grown to also care for deeply.

Just start writing once your series is finished. You need to "grieve" the loss of your finished series, but you also need to let those new voices dying to be heard come out. Good luck. You WILL find yourself excited again. I promise.
 

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P.J. Post said:
Every step of this past year has been a new experience...thanks Kboards!

The very first novel - Yea! I actually did it, even if no one ever reads it - I did it! 8)
The second novel - um, someone actually read my first book and now they have expectations? WTF? No one ever said anything about expectations! :eek: ???
The third and final book of the series - but I like these people, I've been hanging out with them for a year now, what do you mean they're not going to be around anymore? But I don't want new friends, I want my old friends. No, I can finish this book whenever I want, I don't need this series...what exactly are you implying? :( ??? :'(

Or something like that. :D

How long did it take for you to find new friends? Were they ass-hats? They were weren't they?

Yes. I'm talking about my characters like they are real people (aren't yours?) and no, as Sheldon says - I've been tested. ;)
Lol!

Well for me if I ever get my book series finished I'll be taking a BIG sabbatical from writing for a year maybe two.

Part of this will be the fact it's TWELVE books that are planned in total for my Chronicles of Terra's Edge Series. Each will be 350 to 450 pages each, so hopefully that little Saga will get the rocket ships launched. :)
 

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I feel your pain. I'm currently writing the 9th and last book in my Freak House series (which is a spin-off from another trilogy, so technically I'm writing the 12th book of a 12-book series). It's gonna hurt to say goodbye, but I've already committed a novella to my readers, a kind of peek into the characters' futures, so there's that. Also, I have an idea for my next series which I can't stop thinking about and am burning to start, and that helps keep me motivated.
 

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Lydniz said:
I will definitely cry when my series ends, but I think a spin-off series is a good way to go, so that's what I'll probably do too. I do worry sometimes that I've only got the one good idea in me. :(
I feel that way too, but with so many characters to choose from, I think a spin-off series interconnected with your first is a great way to continue writing with the friends you've come to know and love. I'm in the process of writing the third book in my series and I've outlined three novellas tied to this main series and have ideas for FOUR spin-offs that even include YA and middle school books. But I've also outlined two others series that have nothing to do with my first and none of my characters are ass-hats yet (except the antagonists, who are supposed to be :) I suppose when I finally do move on I'll really miss this storyline, it being my very first writing and publishing experience.

*Tracie
 
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