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I have this app on my phone called Timehop. Basically, it scours the internet each day for things you've posted on the same date in previous years. It's kind of cool and mostly I enjoy the look back (especially today's update from last year: "Dropped off the last rent check today. Can't wait to make that first mortgage payment!). But lately, I've been getting updates like:
"Finished Chapter 17 today! Onto the next chapter."
"I rewrote my outline. Now, maybe I'll finish this thing by the end of March!"
The problem with those updates? They're from 2 & 3 years ago, and are about the same book I'm working on now -- which, for the record, I had been working on sporadically for at least 4 years prior. Actually, now that I think of it, in April, it will be 7 years with Dana, and I was definitely working on this novel when we met. You guys, that's a LONG time.
So, my question for today is: How long is too long to work on the same project?
When should you decide it's just not gonna work and set it aside? When do you start on something new?
Now, I'm not completely bummed that I'm still working on the same book, because in the last year or so I have made leaps and bounds with it. This is the best it's ever been. It's finally becoming what I have wanted it to be from day one.
But those Timehop updates, they do make me wonder. What might I have accomplished if I'd let this book go?
What are your thoughts? How long have you been working on your current WIP? When should you give it up and move on?