There is old song that says ‘if you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with’. Good advice if you ask me and it applies to writing as well.
It’s hard to let go of past manuscripts, whether you have just moved on or are playing the submission waiting game. You love those characters, spent so much time with them they seem like family, so the idea of not being in their world any longer can hurt. A new idea and a new story is the only cure for your pain.
It might start slow; you will probably want to make comparisons to the old wip and feel a little resentful. Maybe your new wip isn’t as pretty or it’s too demanding. But if you hang in there, the love will grow. Before you know it, you will care deeply for this new set of characters and the problems they manage to fall into. You will feel that same excitement, and obsession all over again.
It’s like falling in love for the first time…only with no actual kissing. Well, maybe…but don’t let anyone see you because that’s just creepy and hard to explain.
Believe me…I know.