I’m in the slow, tedious process of putting together another collection of stories. Part of the process is digging up stories I started years ago, but for one reason or another never finished. What could go wrong finishing up some stories?
1) The reason I never finished them is because they don’t work.
2) I can’t remember where I was going with the story.
3) My writing style – in particular the way I approach a story – has changed over the years.
For the third case, I pretty much scrap the story and start over from scratch. Stories that fall into the second category I give a dignified funeral and bury them in the Tomb of the Unknown Stories. Now the stories from the first category – which at the time I thought was groundbreaking, but which I now see as amateurish at best – I beat to death and hide the bodies.