The answer we hear in professional conventions (yes, writers and artists have them too. Conferences are not just for scientists) is that you must never ever give up.
John Grisham likes to tell how he gave himself a year to succeed, but when a small publisher acquired A Time to Kill, Mr. Grisham bought all five-thousand copies himself. Only after his second book, The Firm, made the bestsellers chart, did his first book get re-printed and voila, another story about not giving up.
It’s a wonderful story from a terrific storyteller. But he did give himself a deadline, didn’t he.
My answer is that it is okay to give up. But you can always do it later. So what’s the rush?
“Never” is a daunting notion. By all means, give up but do it later. Much later. The creative life is full of possibilities, so keep living it.
Love what you do, and thus love who you are.
Bit of summer musing as I plot my next novel.