My latest manuscript is out for reads. This doesn't mean I stop writing. I just move onto something else. Before I started this one, I was trying to rework an old manuscript. It's a good idea. There are good things about it, but overall it needs vast amounts of work. This is my first complete manuscript and it's been sitting in a drawer.
I took it out, tried starting it in a different place, switching to first person present from first person past and it's still not working for me. And now, it just feels old. Last night I was growing increasingly frustrated with it and though I still think it has potential, I've decided to put it back to rest.
It's hard to let go, but who knows, it still may come back out at a later date when I'm struck with inspiration.
Have you ever had to drop a manuscript and move on? Was it utterly painful?