Knowing when to say goodbye

When is the right time to say goodbye to a piece one has written? There was this story I was working on from about 2008. It was kind of an epic, intended as a novel, but might have been a series of short stories instead.

I wrote a few drafts, but it didn’t sound the way it should. So, I left it for a rainy day.

One day, I looked at it again with a pair of fresh eyes. Lifting the story to a better level wasn’t worth the effort. So, it is now safely filed away as a relic of a past writing experience, one that was worth it. Because it was experience in writing fiction.

But it is the right time to say goodbye to that piece. It wasn’t executed the way it should and to get it right would be a drag.

I just knew it was the right time to move on.

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