|Recycle - Reinvent|
Everything can be tweaked, recycled and reused with a bit of thought. The two hundred word flash fiction pieces I do weekly for my writing group are often used for competitions. I may have to increase or decrease the word count, or add a specific word to meet the competition criteria, but usually it isn't too difficult.
Sometimes, I'll continue on from where I finished the original piece, until I have a short story. Or a new chapter in the novel. Sometimes, I'll use them to flesh out a character, which helps me to breathe more life into them on the page.
Recently, I tweaked a six hundred word monologue I wrote last year, to fit the brief for a short story competition. It meant a rewrite of sorts, but by cutting some words and adding additional information, changing the title, and polishing, it has been given a new lease of life.
Often, writers file away pieces of writing, and forget about them. Why not have a look back into those files, and see if there is anything you can revamp for a competition, or perhaps something you could submit to a magazine or newspaper.
Nothing is wasted - not if you are prepared to give it a tweak!