Funny how terms don't always change as fast as the times - and, at other times change at lightning speed! Used to be that writers had a drawer (or drawers!) full of uncompleted, unedited, and/or in other ways unpublishable manuscripts. Now I think those mostly reside on hard drives, thumb drives, and other electronic storage devices. Today's writing tip is about what to do with all those languishing tomes.
First of all - some deserve to languish. Admit it & move on. Those are baby steps on the way to learning to walk. Good to remember, but now you've more or less 'got' the idea of how to motor along.
Then again, there are those whose ideas just won't let you go. They nag you, tug at your thoughts when you least expect it. It might be the setting, the plot, or one or more of the characters - but, something in the story won't let you go.
My tips is to allow yourself some time to noodle whatever portion of said manuscript keeps coming to you. At some point, maybe in a journaling session, maybe while driving in your car, cooking dinner, taking a shower... or maybe while you're daydreaming -- it will come to you exactly where and how to make it work.
You may end up changing POV, setting, going from YA to MG or vice versa - but you might resurrect the bones of that manuscript into a beautiful, living story. Or, perhaps it won't be the story itself - but a character, a plot point, the location, interactions, motivation - something will prove to be invaluable in a completely different story. And, you'll be grateful you didn't trash the whole thing and forget about it completely.
Got any "drawered manuscripts" that are still calling your name?