The reason I quit cold on one of my WIPs is because it had a plot hole so big you could drive a truck through it. At that time, I could not see any way around it and so I put it aside to write The Blue Paradise. That went smoothly. I was able to finish that one in a few weeks.
After submitting it, I returned to the WIP. I already had 18K words written, and if there was any chance of making it work, I wanted to try. While some writers can pump out 5K in a morning without breaking a sweat, I am not one of them.
This weekend, I read the entire thing and was pleased to discover that tweaking something here and there made it flow much better, and then, on the way in to work this morning, I had an epiphany. I saw the entire rest of the book laid out neatly, and each part was complete and fit wonderfully well. The best thing to come of this? The major plot hole exists no more! My subconscious delivered a fix for that which was so beautiful, I beamed in happiness.
So what did I learn from this experience? First, if I hit a wall on something, lay it aside and write something else before coming back to it. Second, throw nothing away, EVER. Yes, I was tempted, out of sheer frustration! However, even if that particular story is determined to be unworkable, some of the writing in it can be recycled into something else one day.
Now, if I only had more time to write. Think I’m gonna check those lottery tickets now…