Whenever I get fed up with my work not going well, and feel inclined to erase it all and send it into cyber-oblivion, I think about the Roman poet Virgil. He’s the poet who wrote The Aeneid, which he worked on for over ten years. We know Virgil was not satisfied with The Aeneid, because he caught a fever and died before he could finish it, and his dying wish was that the manuscript be burned. He felt it just wasn’t any good and didn’t want his name associated with such a poor piece of work.
The Roman Emperor Augustus disagreed so he ignored Virgil’s wish and published this epic poem about the founding of Rome. The Aeneid has been in print now for over 2000 years.
So maybe I won’t chuck my WIP after all. Maybe I’m like Virgil, and not the best judge of my own work. Don’t chuck yours, either.