This year I've abandoned two projects, and it was not an easy thing to do in either case. In the first case, I started writing an adult romance novel, that had everything. A clever title, a dashing British leading man, and a spunky American protagonist. I sort of sputtered out with it about a third of the way through, and I've never returned to it. My second failure is more on a grand scale. This book is big. Big in scope, in the fact that it involves time travel, research on time travel theory, historical research, and I was going to try a new writing style as well. Yeah, I guess it's not surprising that it didn't work out.
I have an inspiration board for that project above my desk, and every time I look at it, I get a little twinge of guilt for moving on to another shiny new idea instead of going back to work on it. I've decided that it may be a project that takes me years to actually get to, and I'm okay with that. I love the idea and hope that it'll come back to me one day. But if not, that's okay too.
Do you return to projects once you abandon them, or are they abandoned for good?