Confession: I haven't been working on my NaNoWriMo novel lately. I've even been thinking about abandoning that project altogether. I think it's pretty obvious why I want to give up. There are just other more serious things going on in my life right now.
They say you shouldn't make any major decisions, such as quitting your job or moving, when you are in the midst of a personal crisis. So at the moment I've decided to not worry about "winning" NaNoWriMo and simply table the novel until I feel more clear-headed. Maybe that means a week long break. Maybe it means a year. I don't know yet.
Part of me, though, thinks that on top of my personal issues, I'm struggling with my book because I'm exhausted by the amount of world-building it requires. It's a science fantasy novel and there's just so much background and setting to create. I'm trying to do it the right way by slowly revealing new information about this world as the characters encounter it (so, opposite of the exposition dump you find in the first ten pages of The Hunger Games), but it's hard. It's really hard to do that while balancing other components of the story, like character building and plot.
No one said this writing business was easy!
Lately I've even wanted to start a new project; something lighter and more fun, simpler. I feel strongly that simple story-telling is often the best and maybe I need to restart my main writing project to give myself a chance to develop a new narrative voice. I don't know, maybe I want to try writing something for kids.
Anyway, just some thoughts.
Have you ever given up on a novel? Was it a permanent end or just a temporary break?