We all have them. We writers that is. Old scenes you've torn from a manuscript as too much filler. Assuming we all live in the digital age, most of these old scenes should still be lying around somewhere on your hard drive. So my question is, is it okay to revisit these scraps from the cutting room floor and breathe new life into them for a new story?
I've just finished a massive re-write and had to cut a lot. Most of the scenes weren't poorly written, it's just that the story changed and they no longer fit. I had a hard time letting some of them go. In fact, I dumped whole storylines and groups of characters. I can see them easily popping up into later works.
The next question is, is that lazy? Will it be harder to write a story with these scenes in mind, or are we better to let them die, so the natural writing juices can spring forth with newer, better stories?