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Even then, though, I was fully aware that these stories just weren't up to snuff. The writing was pretty awful, and so every few months, I would go on a merciless rampage through the story file on my computer. I would delete the dozens of unfinished stories sitting around there that I didn't think had promise. There would be left no record of these stories on any disk or drive or paper, even if I'd gotten as far as 75 pages in.
Now I'm more cautious about deleting stories. Perhaps you can chalk it up to my own egotism, but I figure that I've reached a certain skill level now where even if a story is left unfinished, it may have something valuable or quality in it. So I save it, tucked carefully away on my computer.
Am I crazy to save these unfinished works? I'm curious to hear if you leave unfinished works lying around, or if you delete them as soon as they stagnate. Or perhaps you're disciplined enough to force yourself to finish every story you begin, even if it doesn't have too much promise. I'm interested to hear. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with saving these works, as long as they're separated from the work you're really excited about. Give them a folder all their own, so you have a record of them, but keep your best prospects more clearly visible so you don't get bogged down in a sinking ship.