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When to put a project aside: Editor's Notes #212
June 15, 2016
Hello,

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.
--Samuel Goldwyn


In this issue:

1. When to put a project aside
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt

1. When to put a project aside
Not every project should go to press. It helps to know when to put a writing project aside. Here are three hints that you need to let a particular writing project go, even if it's just for a while.

You have no enthusiasm for the project. Be careful with this one. Most of us go off an idea or a project for short periods of time. What I'm talking about is a lack of interest in the project that is longer than a few days. File what you've done so you can come back to it later if you ever want to. Then move on to something else. No need to feel guilty.

You lose focus or are really stuck. Once you feel certain that nothing is working, take time off. You do not have to know how much time you need. The project may simply wither and die, or it may morph into something else later, or you may suddenly find your way through it while it's been simmering in your subconscious. Just give yourself permission to stop beating your head against a wall.

You can't find a way to successfully market your project. If this happens to you, start something else. Your completed work may find a home at a later date. In the mean time, you can turn your attention to a new writing adventure.

In my experience, nothing is ever truly wasted, but some ratty old things outlive their welcome. Keep yourself moving forward as a writer. Doing that sometimes means leaving something behind.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

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3. Interesting Web site

If you need encouragement to get out of your chair, check out this article. http://paininjuryrelief.com/effects-of-sitting/

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4. Writing prompt
When I read this article, I couldn't wait to share it with you as a writing prompt.
http://ow.ly/gT6L300OZ2I

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