Bob Mayer has a brilliant list of things on his blog of things he’s learned after writing 53 books. (I’m right behind him, but I’ll catch up.)
I don’t remember most of what’s in my books. Readers know them better than I do. I have to go back and re-read my own books when working on a new novel in a series. Once a book is done it is no longer my ‘baby’. It is a product which goes on the market with all that is entailed. I sever my emotional ties to it which causes some of my amnesia.
He could have been talking about me, and that relieves me a whole bunch. I thought I was strange not to remember what happens in my own books. Or characters’ names. Or whole sections. But once I let a book go out into the wild, I’m not emotionally attached to it. I hope I’ve written the best book I can, and I was in love with the characters at the time, and I feel this warm and fuzzy feeling for the book, but I am emotionally vested in the book I’m currently writing.
Nice to know I’m not as eccentric as I thought I was.
How about you? Do you have a project you release once it’s done? If you do crafts, do you find it difficult or easy to sell them or give them away?