One of the worst things about writing fiction is when you realize you need to just abandon a project. Whether you need to tear the steel out of it and start from scratch, or just give up on it all together, it’s a heartbreaking experience.
Writing is a lot of work. Oh sure, maybe it’s not like digging a ditch or pulling a double on the sales floor, but there’s an exhaustion and effort to it that is truly under-respected and pretending otherwise is often how writers get (yet another) inferiority complex. But even in writing, the sunken cost fallacy is a common thing and sometimes, you got to just let it go.