Hi Jim,

I have a whole library of stories that I’ve never been able to finish or I didn’t think I wanted to publish. I spent a great deal of time on them and every time I look at them, I feel like it was completely wasted. Sometimes I’ll go back and write a few more lines or make edits. Should I try to finish these or just delete them so they don’t continue to bother me?


Hi Melynda,

It’s a good question… sadly, I don’t really have an answer for you. Truth be told, I have a rather large library of unfinished works, the best of which I’ve posted on this blog in the past. They range from sequels, to prequels, to stand alone novels, to… yes, I actually tried this… the score to a Musical… Before anyone asks, no, that will NEVER see the light of day.

One thing I will say is that I don’t look at those works as a waste. Nothing a person creates with their own two hands is EVER a waste of time. (Quote me on that!) Likely those books gave you characters you could use elsewhere, If not, consider trying it. Believe it or not, one of my early characters, General Xaphine, was a hold over character from a Star Wars fan fic I had written. I changed her name and turned her powers from Sith to Demon, but the character’s personality and appearance were still very much the same… minus her wings.

It really is up to you. If these books are blocking you from writing new stories, then by all means delete them. However, you may be able to use them as a template for scenes, themes, or characters, in other books. Think about it, look through those books one more time, and make your choice.

Either way, I’m sure it will be for the best. Hope this helps!


Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.


I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:


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Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!


1 Comment on “Revisiting Dead Works#Advice #Writing #Literature #Fiction #Nonfiction

  1. Tough call. At least it is practice. Hopefully your writing improved over that time. Have you tried sharing it? A different POV might help. Then again, if you are not willing to share it, maybe the reason you won’t share it can help you figure out what bothers you about it; maybe even how to fix it. Stephen King once threw Carrie in the trash. You never know.

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