One of the mantras in writing is to never give up. The persistent are the ones who achieve the most success if for any other reason because they are the ones still standing. That being said, sometimes I think there is a time to give up. Never on the writing, on the book.
All too often I hear writers talk about a book of the heart. The one no is ready to let go of, the one the author can’t stop writing. One year goes by, two years go by, three years. The book is still the only book on the computer. Let it go!
We call our books our babies and whether we like it or not, babies grow up and leave the nest. Your book must also leave the nest. But how do you know? How do you know that your book is ready to go off into the great wide world with only what you’ve taught her? You know. Trust me, you know. Or if you don’t you just have to make the decision that its time.
The minute you start submitting and querying your baby you’ve let go. Now you have to trust that you’ve put everything you have into her and it’s her turn to shine. For you, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and start working on getting that next baby ready for the world.
When you find yourself running in circles, constantly tweaking and editing the same chapter, the same book, it’s time to walk away. Maybe your first baby will never leave the nest forever, but we all learn from our mistakes and the best way to put what we have learned into use is to start on something new.