On the heels of writing about procrastination, it’s ironic that I’ll now write about quitting and how sometimes it’s okay to quit on a work in progress.
I know, I know. Slogging forward and never quitting has been drilled into us. There are a lot folks out there who’ll quote Winston Churchill’s, “Never, never, never quit.” But in some situations, I respond with an Albert Einstein quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Sometimes, quitting is the the smartest thing to do.
But, just to be clear: we’re not talking about quitting writing altogether. We’re talking about quitting on a work in progress that is sucking the life out of you. Or quitting on a series that you’re just not that into anymore. Or quitting with a specific genre that you dabbled in but for which you now dread writing another book.
The reason that it’s okay to quit is that sometimes we try something that just doesn’t work for us…and the appropriate response is to move on to something else. Unfortunately, because we have that Never Quit mentality drilled into us, it makes us feel guilty for quitting the thing that isn’t working for us. So we never move on to the thing that might just be better for us.
Have you ever fought hard against quitting something, only to find that it was the best action you could have taken to move forward?