See, I'd forgotten about its existence.
When I started on my most recent work in progress, I had a vague, shadowy idea. It was awesome, and it was doomed. Now I have 99,000 words of pretty and pointless, because it isn't going anywhere - despite the awesome efforts of my crit partner/beta reader Lauren. I have the overarching plot (sort of) and I have several scenes that I'll be able to keep. Probably about 60,000 words worth.
So now I'm faced with a decision. Do I let this one rest awhile? Come back to it in a few months, or after my next story? Or do I just start over at the beginning, take a deep breath, and put the pencil down to paper?
I think the real answer here is neither. I need to read some writing books, I need to read some fiction. I need to remember a story arc, and I need to work on my characterization.
A break from writing a novel? Maybe. A break from writing? Definitely not.
What about you? Have you ever had a story that you've had to scratch?