I have worked on a book for two years, and now that it's just about finished, have come to the conclusion it's good for the trash bin. Am I upset? Not really. What upsets me is being blind to the book's faults for so long.
Actually, it won't get thrown away, not completely. But it needs Major revisions, and the best thing to do would be to take it apart at the seams, toss away everything I don't need and that doesn't advance the story, and start again from the bare bones.
I'll do that in September. Right now I'm going to work on a science fiction novella and finish that (my editor at Changeling Press will be So happy she doesn't have to harass me for six months, lol) And I also have the sequel to a YA book I need to start working on, because I'm going to be really brave and say that my book 'Horse Passages' (due out in December 2005) is going to do extraordinarily well, and my publisher will beg for a sequel.
I truly think that one must be brave in this business. How else can one throw away two years of work with a shrug?