Man, there’s nothing like spending an afternoon looking through stories you wrote ten years ago and reading the critiques from your creative writing classes (including the one where I got a C for the assignment and was told basically, “Way to write every cliche in the book, now scrap it and start with something fresh.”) to make you feel inadequate.
Then I came back to the story I’m working on now and thought, wow, I really have improved a lot in ten years.
Of course, now I want external validation. Someone buy my story!!!