As writers, we’re often very self-critical. We’re always looking forward and thinking about what we haven’t achieved yet, instead of thinking about how far we’ve come. I’ve kept a record book of every piece of writing I’ve ever sent out. It’s been good to go back over it and to see the successes I’ve forgotten about and all that I’ve learned since. Yes, there are plenty of rejections; that’s part of being a writer, and we need to acknowledge these, but we also need to celebrate how far we’ve come.
Even if you haven’t been published yet, look back at earlier pieces of writing. You’ll see a difference, whether you’ve built on your descriptive skills over the months, can now create realistic dialogue, a more structured story/article, or if you’ve succeeded in lessening the amount of errors in your work.
My mother recently found an old school book of mine, from when I was six years old. I think I can safely say my story writing has improved, even if it’s just making sure everything links together. I’m not quite sure what David and Goliath had to do with my cat, but obviously something in my six-year-old mind!