A writer asked:
I have a book I've been working on for 2 or 3 years now. One of the characters is based on a [person my relative] knew [...]. I've been asking her questions about him to develop his character but now I'm not sure I want to finish the book because she said he hated women. She never had a problem with him and he was very polite to her but she said he couldn't keep a girlfriend because he would say awful things about her [...]. So now I'm not sure I wanna finish this story cos I don't wanna exalt someone who hated women. I just feel that if you hate anybody you don't deserve to be written about. I'm thinking of scrapping the whole story. What do you think?
Scrap it. Anything that doesn’t feel good to you will come out as crap. I have forced myself in the past and I produced shit, utter shit. Granted, I did do it and it even came out not so bad but I felt like shit doing it, you know what I mean? I learned my lesson. Also, if you have been working on a book for 2-3 years and don’t feel it anymore, it’s a bad sign. The story is dead. Few authors can work on a book throughout years. Most of us lose sight of the story within 1 year or a couple. So I would say, let it go and start new. Write about what you’re inspired to write about. Life is too short to spend it otherwise. Good luck!