This post isn't part of the "Letting Go Blog Hop," but it is well timed I suppose. To keep it simple, I'm shelving my last manuscript (for now, anyway) to focus on the new project. This is always a really hard time for me - that point where you've received responses on all your requests (14 for this novel) and you have to accept the fact that something just isn't working. Maybe it isn't the right time for Friday, maybe the ms needs serious revisions, or maybe it simply isn't good enough - I'm not sure, to be honest. And I know some people would continue to query. My husband asked me yesterday if I would, because he's always believed in this project (god bless him) and I think it's hard for him to see me "give up." But personally, I'd much rather move on and enjoy writing again than feel stuck in this pattern of waiting, hoping, and ultimately being rejected. After I finish the new novel, I may go back and take another look at Friday, but I don't have the steam it would require to do a complete overhaul right now. I haven't given up on her, though. She's my favorite character I've ever written, and I do believe in her. Besides, I still want to find out what's going to happen in the sequel!
Maybe it's foolish to keep pursuing this writing thing. Maybe a smarter person would say it's time to let go of the big picture, not just this one novel. But as hard as it is to let go of a manuscript I've poured my heart, soul, and time into, it would be utterly impossible to let go of my dream. So, that being said, here I go again. Onward and upward!