Sometimes we writers create stories with topics that can be so overwhelming emotionally that it’s hard to get through scenes or sometimes even create them. This is the case for me, I have been struggling with my WIP since the first word. We’ve all read or been told to not be afraid to kill you darling right? I always thought however that the killing starts once you finish your novel not in the middle or in my case in the beginning. I have written 4 chapters and I have literally butchered the thing at least a dozen times. So, how do you know when it’s time to just walk away, temporarily of course, I can’t imagine walking away from this story especially since I have become so emotionally attached. This by the way is something that has never happened to me before. Also in all honesty it has never been this hard to write for me. Usually when I begin a story I just write and worry about the the fixes later, I just want to get my thoughts down and fix later, but with this new story I can’t seem to move on and want to edit as I go.
Is this normal? Have you ever been overwhelmed by your WIP you want to just walk away?