Keep ALL your work. I discovered a wealth of material in old work forgotten in files tucked away and out of sight. Some stories were so good, compared to the 20th revised one I did which destroyed the ideas originally written. Some of my newer work has been destroyed and I have begun to circulate, with minor modifications, this unused work.
You will be surprised at how you've evolved. You might begin to show your works.
Reread them and decide if you want to rework them or toss them out. However, before taking either action, show them to a person whose opinion you value and see if they agree with your decision.
You have to take a honest assessment of your material (s) and determine what's worthy and what is not. There should be two (2) piles and something should go into each. From the pile that you save, you will have to determine (again) to whom do you send what things and what you don't send (for whatever reason). People will come to beat down your door once you "make it big" and then you'll be glad for what you kept and what you trashed.
There are none. I have never been shy about inflicting my opinions on anyone foolish enough to listen. If there were any opinions left unsaid, they have all been used in one or another of the 8 proposed books.
Find someone you trust who reads a lot and specify the critique process you are looking for, ie, someone good with grammar, spelling and sentence structure, or someone who will give you honest constructive critisism, or just someone you trust to tell you if they found it interesting, and if not, what you could do to improve it, and if nothing else, it may just make you more confident to work hard enough for the goals you are attempting to acheieve
Pull them out and re-read them. If you find something of quality maybe you should work on it some more. Sometimes we read old stuff and cringe at how bad it was, and sometimes we read our old stuff and find it really rather good! If you have reworked it and like it, share it with someone who you trust.
Go back and read them. You might be most pleasantly surprised at what you read.
I have just re-written a novel I wrote 20 years ago and never did anything with. It surprised me how it held together. I updated it, changing the time span, the economics and technology and it really holds up. It has gone to a my Singapore publisher for his comment. So, you could have a treasure trove of goodies. Don't forget, good ideas are always valid.
This is definitely a question I can answer because I have been there myself. I would say if your heart is in your work and your passion is writing, then you should never let an opportunity pass you by. Shake off the dust from that work and get back to it! Try and find inspiration to continue writing if you have somehow lost your way. Don't ever let anything stand in the way of your passion. Too many people let their true hopes and dreams fall by the wayside because it's more convenient to pursue 'easier' things. Everyone has to start somewhere and as long as you're writing, regardless of whatever it is, it's better than not writing at all.
Take your work to someone you trust and show them what you have created. You never know where it could lead. Life is full of endless possibilities but you have to pursue your dreams to make them a reality!
Throw them away. If you can't bring them to show anyone, you never will.
just throw back a short and just fucking do it
Burn it. It obviously didn't lead to a book then. It won't now. Look around. Write about what you see now.
Take the chance. I was initially like that, but no venture, no gain. You might be a fantastic writer and someone is waiting to discover you.
share them...as you do you see how it would help others