Re: Ever wanted to give up?

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Years back I created this store with a good friend of mine. Recently I started seriously writing it. Back then my friend and I would write together and I love the store we have. Nearly ten years later I am motivated to get it out but any time I bring it up to her or ask for her characters to be in a scene… I hit a wall. In truth I understand, she is in a new relationship and they are preparing for their first son to enter the world (any day now). She doesn’t have the time to write with me any more. But I get scared. She has been a partner in the book for so long. Doubts and questions flood my mind. Do I continue without her? Do I write her characters out of my book so that I don’t bother her to write with me? Do I finish without her help? Will she prevent me from getting published if I finish without her? Do I just give up and start a new story. Let go of the world I have created, bled for, cried and laughed for. It kills me to think about it. I guess I just feel defeated right now.