Recently a new member here evinced the concern that working on their WIP might be "polishing a turd." Hmm. Maybe they were. Or maybe they were cleaning a crap-covered nugget of literary gold. You can't really know until you've polished it for a while. But let's assume it really was a turd, 100% fecal matter, crust to core. Should they flush it down the johnny, never to offend eyes or nose again? Or should they put it aside to compost, and see what hidden seeds might sprout? There may not be much use in polishing a turd, but they do make good fertilizer.