Do you ever stop in the midst of a story due to being jaded with it? I mean, you live with your own story more than any reader ever will. You tell it to yourself over, and over, and know a lot of the scenes before you even write them. Is it good to take some time off? Or is it dangerous because you're then less likely to return to your story? And during that break, what do you do? Read? Start committing to a new story? See, I have this idea, I had it for a while, and now I"m at a point where all of the big twists and original ideas that just "came to me" are pretty much over, and I'm shifting gears, and the characters have all finished planning their moves and are now going to actually commit them. So even though many of the characters surprised me, I now know what each and every one of them is about to do. There are always surprises, but they'll be very minor at this point. So, even though it might be exciting for a new reader, to me it feels like a story I've already read or watched, and is mostly predictable (predictable to me the writer. Not to others, necessarily). Do you find yourself in a position like this? Do you take a break when you do? Do you return to it? And what do you do in the meantime? I guess the best thing would be to read.