here, here and especially here that it's a big no-no. Never, never look back before the first draft is done, they say. Push forward! Don't give up!
I gave up. I didn't care what they said. That story was not ready to be told because a) I didn't brainstorm/outline/eatenoughchocolate before I sat down to write; b) a new idea seduced me and booted the first draft to the curb; c) I talked about it too soon, without fleshing out more details; or d) all of the above.
Regardless of reasons, I'm 20,000+ words into a new first draft and I'm still in love with it. Each time I sit down to work, there's the same giddy anticipation I feel as when I know there's a sprinkle donut to eat with my morning coffee. I'm happy again. I'm not struggling with it. I'm having fun.
So if I've been absent lately, now you know where I've been.
Have you ever ditched a first draft for another writing project?