Go through them again. Make decisions. Toss the tripe.
Take them out once a year, or so, and reread them. If they still strike you as having potential, either rewrite or submit them. Or cull them for ideas, then put them away until next year. Then do it again. On the other hand, if they are simply embarrassing, seal them up and put them in the attic. But don't throw them away.
Put them away someplace. Who knows, maybe someday you'll be famous.
Dig them out. Dust them off. Read them aloud. Give them to a trusty friend to read and then start mailing them off. What are you waiting for? Don't worry about losing money on postage! You will be losing a LOT more if you leave them sit to collect dust.
Come on! Dig them up, get them organised and give to people to read.
Get off your lazy ass and send them to people that will give you honest criticism. You may like your stories because they are a labor of love. That doesn't mean anyone else will. Stay away from friends and family that will not want to disappoint you. If you get positve feedback, then take it to the next level. Nothing comes to you, you have to go after it with a tough skin. You may need to take some writing classes or maybe your work is not interesting to others. One thing is for sure, you will never know unless you try.
Well, if it gets cold you could use them to start a fire.
Seriously, you should perhaps keep a copy on your comp. If you didnīt show them to anyone you are either too timid to be writing (overcome that by showing them to someone) or they arenīt very good and you know it.
If youīre simply afraid no one will like it, thatīs a lesson you have to learn. Not too many people like the same thing. The person who has to be satisfied with the work is YOU.
Maybe one day Iīll write something Iīm completely satisfied with ... nah!
Post them online or start a blog. That way they're "out there" whether you like it or not. The invisible masses do read these things and participate themselves. So many sites are up and running full of hopeful writers published and not published. It's not a bad place to get your feet wet and get started.
bring them back out and go over them. chances are you have stuff in there that you can use. if nothing else, compare what you did then to what you do now.
Read them yourself. If they don't make you gag, show them to someone you trust to give you an honest opinion.
I feel I should have a teachers group network to review and chat and to reflect our thoughts. I am sure there are many available network of the kind.
Dig them out of that dusty file drawer. Read each one, word-for-word, page by page. Then slect your closest friend, the one who would die for you, the one you know you can trust with your deepest, darkest secrets. have him/her come over to your place. Have his/her favorite snacks and drinks. Then, assign the task of reading your work.
Remain SILENT, as he/she reads.
At the conclusion of his/her reading, ask for his/her most objective opinion.
Then, re-write and revise. Send Query letters to Literary Agents. Prepare for rejection letters. Persevere, write and write some more, and keep trying to get your work published . . . DON'T GIVE UP!
Can you imagine a world without Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, or J. K. Rowling? They did not give-up on their writing, and the world is a better place for the contributions each has made.
Put 'em up on a blog somewhere; at least one person will see it. Whether or not they say anything, at least your work will have affected somebody in the world.
show them off, writing is a gift that should be shared.
Pull them out and organize them, establish an affinity diagram on the topics and then prioritize the groups. Then get it done.