As you can see by the title, this deals more with something that didn’t work out. Things that fall in this area are partially finished stories, ideas that didn’t gel after the first pages/chapters, and stories that finished but didn’t go anywhere. All these could be considered failures, but they’re not. In truth, these are experiments that didn’t work.
That’s the key takeaway, an experiment that didn’t work, but it did work actually. It gives you a valuable look at your own creative process. No one can write anything, we all have preferences and styles that work for some stories and not so well for others. But all the writing DOES give you a chance to experiment and stretch your skills and learn what you like to write about.
But! you might say. What if I LIKE writing this kind of story and it doesn’t work? Well, each attempt gets you closer, and you may find something fun that you didn’t recognize as a viable choice before.
Your writing will improve and who knows what ideas and improvements will come from trying something different.
To finish, I offer a quote from a famous person who sums up this whole writing succinctly.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” -Albert Einstein
Try something new, and if it doesn’t work, don’t worry, it’s all for fun and try something else. Writing is a constantly evolving skill set.