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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?
 
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Rewrite it, combine a few stories into one, get some more feedbacks. That's all I can say. 


You have two choices, toss them all out, or get up and put them together and make yourself some money. You could even see what you write like most people do.. Do you think Steven king writes everything out of his own head, heck no..He buys a lot of his material from other writers. It takes a lot of money to get a book notices, once your on top you'll have the money and power of the publishing companies to get your book noticed.

It is very hard for me, because I believe I have a great book, but getting it notice by everyone takes time and money. If I had a backing of 100,000.00 I could get it on TV, Big newspapers and radio. I am learning this is very hard, but I will not give up, people need to support my book and pass the word around. I have been in local papers and I've given out over 500 books or more for free, but at a slow process.
 


Keep everything you've written. I made the mistake of burning years worth of writing and I regret it so often. Whether you show it to someone or not, keep every scrap of writing and revisit all of your writing at least every other month. You never know when something old might inspire you. 


I would recommend reading through them and seeing what you feel comfortable putting out there. Some things I've written will stay where they are, safe in my old treasure trunk. Some older writing could be tweaked or you could come up with whole different stories around a character in an older story. The possibilities are endless. 


bring them out and make yourself smile or laugh or cry with nostalgia and by seeing how your writing has developed. If you are pleased to just keep it to yourself and the way it is, make a notebook out of it. If you think you have something there, edit it or stretch the idea out a bit to make something new.
If there is nothing barring you from showing it to anyone now, then show it to who it applies. If it's still too personal, well, you don't have to share everything.
 


If you've been reading and subconsciously working on the craft, I suggest pulling them out and giving them a good read yourself. Chances are you've evolved enough that you will see many things you wish to change. And rather than trying to line edit one page at a time, start the project over from scratch. Yes, it almost hurts to do, but you will be amazed at the result. Fresh material will trump the old as your writing improves. 


If it's been years, pull them out and look them over. They'll seem new. Hopefully you'll have been involved in some writing workshops or even just read some how-to books - there are lots out there - and want to better your writing. If you want to learn and keep learning, get involved with a mentor or take a class to learn proper technique in submission. Practice re-writing or use some of those "things" as jumping-off points to start something new, whether it's a short story, article idea, or even a novel. One of the best things you can do is keep your memoirs for the future. Writing for yourself or your family is perfectly fine. 


put them all together and send them off to a publisher you can trust 


Perform them in a rap at the White House. They are always looking for strange and new acts. 


I believe that all of our writing inspirations are gifts--ours to learn from and to share.

Ask yourself if you want to share these things you wrote or if they are part of your personal process. If they're personal, file them away to reflect on. If you want to share a piece of writing, first show it to a supportive friend, then look for venues to share with others.
 


Take the bundle to Santa Fe, New Mexico and give it to first person you see wearing a bolo tie. 


All of the old stories will be re-visited now that I have learned some of the rules. 


If something is still important to you, you can bring it out and edit, submit. Or, if you never submitted it could mean it wasn't meant for anyone else to see. It's a personal thing. Move on. 


Depends on what you want. If you'd like to keep them private, do that. If you want to publish, gather them up, see if you'd make changes then share them with the world. The easiest way to start is with a blog.

Don't be afraid to show yourself. Everyone has flaws. When you express things openly people will often see themselves in what you've written. People like that. Don't you? It's what makes for a "relationship" between the reader and the author.
 


Pull them out, type them into a word program - don't read them beforehand - and see what you've got. If you like it, let someone read it. If you don't like it, let someone read it. If you're not sure what it is or where its going, let someone read it. Their opinions will spark a response in you. And if that response is to dump it in the trash, print it out, save it on your hard drive and put it back into the box for a while longer.

The more often you pull it out and show it to others, the more it will niggle at the back of your mind and eventually you'll discover you have to work on it - or something new - to stop obsessing over it.
 



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