Yes, it’s happened to me again. While I know that I’ve improved as a writer (evidence – I’m actually getting some compliments now regarding how clean my writing is!), it never ceases to amaze me how much more there is to know.
Or maybe what I should say is, it also always amazes me how much more I really need to work on applying what I know. I read out my next chapter at the Club last evening. I got lots of good feedback (good as in things that could improve the chapter, not necessarily good as in complimentary!). But afterwards, my writing mentor came up to me and just nicely said, ‘You know, you were too easy on the protagonist. At these turning plot points, there are threshold guardians, it can’t be too easy, he has to earn it, he has to prove himself, something…’ OK, I’m paraphrasing an entire conversation there, but you get the point.
Now, did I know that? Yes! Why hadn’t I applied it better? It’s such a simple concept, really. The difference between me as a writer now and me as a writer a couple of years ago is, I know now that I will learn it. I have more confidence because I can see how much I’ve grown as a writer. I know that if i keep applying myself to learn my craft I will learn it.