schofield_pitt Jan 5, 2009
I think it's something every writer feels... and I've noticed it's the same way with any form of art. You (the creator) form an emotional attachment to your creation. Surely a painter would have a hard time letting go of a canvas he's poured endless hours and bits of his soul into... why not a writer? You invest so much time and energy into bringing something to life that it's painful to see it end. It wants to linger afterwards... your mind won't relinquish it.
At least, that's what I've found.
I had an English teacher once who told us that to truly understand a character, create a difficult situation to place them in and write as if you are that character. You'd be surprised at how deeply connected you find yourself becoming. You find that every character you've created in some way or another has bits and pieces of yourself in them. It's amazing if not just a little spooky...
At any rate, I'm just rambling now, but I don't think by any means you're the only one out there who feels this way.