Have you ever gotten halfway through writing a story and reached a dead zone? No matter what you did, you couldn’t get past it and just gave up?

If you really didn’t think it was worth finishing (I mean, I don’t believe it, but it could happen), don’t trash it. It may just not be the right time for that story.

Put it away until you can bear to look at it again. Banish it from your mind and work on something else. When you come back to it, you might know what to do.

If you exhume it and decide that it’s truly hopeless, dismantle the draft and use it for spare parts.

Is there a good character you can use in another story?

An interesting setting?

A great line?

Create a writing junkyard. Salvage little treasures and use them to seed other stories.