I’ve been researching a topic off and on for a year and a half (or according to my son, “Like forever. Probably three years”). It was meant to be for my next verse novel. Last week I decided to set it aside.
I pride myself in never having dropped a class in college, at sticking with things I think are important. So this felt a bit like giving up.
Except it also didn’t. Somehow setting all that research aside was perfectly okay. If there’s something I’ve learned about writing in the last decade plus, it’s that no effort is wasted. I hope to someday revisit this topic, when my writing is more mature, when I am more established, when I am more courageous with my words. And if I don’t? That’s okay. I have learned, been challenged. It’s been enough.
And there’s this new idea I’ve shared with agent Michelle. I’ve got a stack of library books and have spent the last week reading, reading, wondering.
Have you ever abandoned an project after working on it for some time?