Sometimes, writing is like dating.
An idea hits you. You find it interesting, intriguing maybe. You sit down and you explore it a little. You're liking it more and more. You spend more and more time with it. At moments you feel infatuated, obsessed. At moments you even feel...dare I say it...in love.
In the middle of all these feelings of euphoria, you have some moments of doubt. Sometimes, you examine things closer and question bits and pieces of your newfound love. Sometimes, you even question your entire relationship. What were you thinking? And where your friends throughout all this to talk you out of such a bad idea?
Sometimes, you have to leave for a little while, let something go, only to find that you'll come back to it with a fresh perspective. You'll find a way to make it work. You'll complete it and, in the end, you'll end up with something that will be a part of you forever.
And, sometimes, you realize you have to let things go entirely. No matter what your initial interest, or your little moments of excitement, it's just never going to work out. This was not a story you were ever meant to write. It hurts, letting go of something that consumed your time and energy for so long. But, often, it's for the best.
I have a graveyard of writing projects on my hard drive. Some are completed works, destined to never see the light of day. Others are fragments, pages of a characters' thoughts, a dozen chapters of a story that never really took off. Whenever I happen across them, it tends to bring a wistful smile to my face. It turns out even the broken ones, the irreparable ones, they're all a little part of me, too. They may not be as important or as life-changing as the few that have emerged on the other side, but still. I've learned a little something from each and every one.
Of course, whenever I start a new project, I can't help but wonder: which side of the divide will this fall on? A soulmate or a never-meant-to-be?
Do you have a project graveyard? Are there any that really broke your heart because they didn't work out?