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?”
I’ve never given much thought about what would happen to my unfinished manuscripts once I’m gone. It never crossed my mind. Now that it has I do wonder if it is something my kids would just toss aside or would it be something that they would want to work on?
Jess, my daughter used to have a very vivid imagination. While out on walks with her grandparents when she was between the ages of six and eleven she would weave tales of fairies, creating magical worlds. She loves books but has yet to find her way of writing them. I don’t see her picking up my stories to complete them once I’m gone. I can see her being the one to push for them to be finished and published though.
Wyatt on the other hand probably would want to complete my works. In kindergarten he received the Future Author award (his teacher telling him that she was certain that he would grow up to be a published author just like his momma.) He’s the most interested in my work. Often he can be found looking over my shoulder while I write. I bounce ideas off of him, work through world building, ask his opinion about names or locations. He is on my Pinterest boards a lot. He likes to look through my inspiration boards and add to them if he sees something that he thinks will fit. He helps plan release day events and road trips for book signings (though all the ones we had planned together were cancelled due to Covid). He knows more about the ins and outs of how I write than probably anyone else in my family. He probably Could finish my works.
However, I don’t know if I would WANT him to. He’s a creative kid, we often times think along the same squiggly lines but it is not his dream to write. He has other plans for his future. Just yesterday he was talking about opening a gluten-free diner. In the past he has made plans to be an actor, a lawyer, the owner of a bakery. He’s only 11 so I am sure what he wants to do will change several more times. Should he ever decide that he wants to write, I know that my stories would be in good hands with him.
I could see Wyatt and Quinlan possibly teaming up together to finish up some children’s books, or to continue on with a series that I have in the works. They both helped to come up with the characters for that series. While Quinlan doesn’t draw anymore, I think maybe some day he could find his way back to that passion.
Now, I’m wondering if perhaps a future grandchild or great-grandchild might want to continue where I leave off. I would have loved to see everything my grandma had written. Those were lost after she passed. At least I don’t know where they are, perhaps someone in the extended family has them. So maybe if I had a grandchild who wanted to keep the stories going then I think that could be a great thing. It would be a way to still be connected even once we couldn’t be together.