When I look back at my older works, I cringe. I cringe at the run on sentences, mixed use of past or present tense, abundance of fluff words and more. It makes me cringe and shudder that I wrote that. It's not unusual either, many writers often say their first story is bad and will never see the light of day.
But why? Why not rewrite it? Start with a blank document and rewrite the story now that your writing has improved? You know more, you can fix plot holes, bad sentences and grammar. It may take some time. You may have to read through what you originally wrote, taking notes on plot points or certain dialogue that you'd like to keep. You can do it, make it the story it deserves to be.
I'm gonna try it.
I have a few finished stories (unfinished ones as well) that aren't bad stories but the writing is lacking. They were my first attempts at writing and I'd like to try to rewrite them. Fix the problems, make them into amazing stories with writing that isn't horrendous. Even if I never pursue publishing them, I want to do this, see if I can, challenge myself. I know the story, know how it starts and ends. So half the work is already done. If nothing else, I've found a good writing exercise to improve my writing.