It's actually less dramatic than it sounds. I have written a short story for a competition, and it is already done and I got feedback on it (I got 2nd place). I was suggested to revise the story, and I know how to. In fact, I've posted the story on this forum's workshop and got very helpful comments (It's on the Crime and Thriller section, if anyone is interested). All I've been working on recently is on trying to re-write the short story, but I don't feel very much into it as when I first wrote it. I'm not even into my main character anymore. So, yes, I'm considering abandoning my work. The term "abandoning" might not perfectly suit this case, as I might actually work on the story -who knows- years from now, but this thread is really about crumpling your work and throwing it into the nearest garbage can, or simply leaving it to dust. I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I have a very short experience with writing. I wrote nothing at all before two years ago (except the usual school stuff). Well, that has changed and now I'm crazy in love with writing. However, I do have a tendency to start with ideas, make a big show of them, and then simply forget everything and move on to something else (I've done this countless times). So, I'm worried that abandoning my short story now is simply a reflection of my usual nature of not persisting with ideas, and that if I do give a long break on it, I might be tempted to do that in any other work I begin with. To make matters worse, I'm itching to begin writing a novel! Yeah, I need help... Do writers usually start with many works, then simply pick one they like and work on them? Do they ever abandon any of their work for good?