Our resident hound blessed us with a lot of things to think about. Here’s what he wants us to ponder this week: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the estates of some famous authors have done]. Would you WANT anyone (family or otherwise) to finish writing those stories you envisioned and possibly outlined?”
There are three questions in this prompt. My short answers:
- Definitely not.
Now for my extended answers.
Have I thought about what might become of my unfinished manuscripts once I leave this earth?
I know exactly what will become of them. They will languish on whatever device I happen to be using at the time of my demise – probably saved “to the cloud” since all my documents are stored there to save space on my laptop. And when those devices are traded in, sold, or destroyed, and my cloud subscription ends, the documents will be erased, and that will be the end of them.
Will someone in my family pick them up and finish them?
No. Of the many people in my family, only one of my five children and two of my nine grandchildren have ever actually read any of my stories. Of these three readers familiar with my work, only one has any experience writing. She’s not particularly into romance, so I would probably drop my lyre and lose my halo if she actually took on the job of finishing one of my stories. I’d be extremely touched, but very, very astonished.
Would I want someone to complete my stories?
Not particularly. The people I know who would be ABLE to complete my stories are way too busy writing their own. Now if someone with a stellar record of writing romance was determined to do so, I guess that would be okay, but I honestly can’t see it happening. Of course, I wouldn’t be in any position to protest if someone DID decide to finish one or more. And I suppose it would be a compliment that someone thought enough of me and/or my writing to want to put the time and effort into the project. So I guess the bottom line is that I’d be okay with the idea if the writer puts forth a good product and sticks to the type of writing I do.
But I’d never presume to ask.