Giving up on a difficult piece and moving on is easy. Sure, you may feel a slight, skulking guilt in low places, but you can ignore it, right?
Trust me–I speak from experience. Yes, there are times when a piece just isn’t going to work. But most of the time, it just ‘needs’ work. It’s damned hard to pull yourself out of this habit once it’s permanently glued into your psyche.
Nothing like the cold, hard truth, but if you take a deep breath, stick around and tear the piece down to rework it, you might be surprised by the results. Sometimes, all it takes is a shuffling of ideas.
A trick I’ve found to work for me is a thesaurus. Seriously. Pull that thing out and change out some of the boring words. Browse the page you’re on further and maybe another word will spark an intriguing idea. Sometimes, it’s just the simple things.
Before you dump the piece for greener pastures, hunker down and give it another shot. You are capable of more than you think. Just believe in yourself.
What a concept, eh?