Have you ever kicked off a piece of work after months of planning, creative thinking, and self-teaching, only to have to halt and start over because of (insert dumb-arse reason here)? While I can’t get more specific than that, I’ve just had to do it to one of my works.
The reason for said halt is so stupid that I would kick myself in the tailbone if my legs bent that way.
How do you recover from this? I might be too close to the problem at the moment to put forth a useful answer to that question. I can say that only one issue out of many forced the kill. I still have other ideas lined up which I can use to create something new—perhaps even better than my original idea. I’ve also got other research material which could work as “new glue” for the next incarnation.
I’m one to talk, I know, but there’s a lesson to be learned here. Just because one aspect of a project gets canned doesn’t mean that the whole project has to die. Look for other aspects and see if you can make something work out of them. Expand your search for references. Do whatever you can to avoid a complete and utter project kill.
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