Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t feel a sense of accomplishment at finishing a full draft of my novel. I do, but my god, it comes with a mixed bag of emotions. Now I know why so many writers in the past have gone haywire after completing a novel. You live in the novel and then you leave this fictional world with all its emotions and adventures. A relationship is suddenly over and it will never be the same again. Sadness, not joy is what many writers experience and it has little to do with whether or not the novel will be published.
When the waters run dry in one place, the tide fills in another patch.
Thus sayeth Larry.