I've got a secret. My downstairs closet has three folders almost bursting open. Two floppy disks have five stories on them. I have four stories on a flash drive and one on my hard drive. So what's the big secret? All of them contain the same story! I have no idea which one contains the original.
Here's the deal. Once I started to learn how to write, I hated my original story so much, I was about to delete it. Hubby caught me, and backed it up in as many different ways as he could find. He thought maybe one day I would regret it. He even has a copy on his office computer. It may chafe my ass to say this, but he was right. No, I have no plans to go back and fix it. It's a mess. But I have used parts in stories I'm working on now. I even have a folder on a flash drive marked 'scrap pile.'
It's the only story I've ever finished, besides the one I have coming out in January. I've got four other stories waiting in the wings that are on a flash drive, an external hard drive, and in e-mail folders.
Do you have a scrap pile? What do you do with your old stories?