Andrea Speed [aspeed]
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Character and plot. You're not going anywhere without either of those.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Honestly? Myself. If it's not something I'd like to read, I don't write it.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Go through them, and see if there's something you like in it. There might be an idea worth salvaging.