It's ironic that I just finished writing a book about a girl who commits suicide. I should be editing and fixing those little things in that book that need fixing before I set it on the back burner for a few weeks to simmer, but I just can't deal with it right now. I need a break from that depressing topic. The story itself isn't that depressing but it can be heavy and does deal with suicide and with what those left behind go through. Tough stuff.
So I'm going back to another story that has been simmering for the last year. I have great ideas for it and am excited to start with it again, taking it in a whole new direction.
The lesson here is this. Don't feel guilty if you need a break from your manuscript. Sometimes a break is exactly what needs to happen to make it better. Start a new book, get your ideas out there. Go with your gut feeling and things will always turn out fine. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy.