On Saturday I went to a soccer game. For four-year-olds. It was a lot of fun watching some of them follow the ball like it was a magnet, and others getting distracted by the grass, the other kids, or the nearby playground.
In contrast, I also went to a competitive soccer game for older boys (What can I say? We're a soccer family). The older boys played position and strategized. Sometimes, particularly after a goal, you could retrace the movement that led up to the score.
With writing, I used to be a lot like the four-year-old soccer game. Chasing after ideas, getting excited by the shiny swing, and not spending enough time strategizing and working to see the outcome. I'm now almost finished with the first edit of my first completed novel. I just have to say that it's really rewarding to retrace my writing and see plot points fulfilled, characters developed, and promises delivered.
Now I'm not anywhere near a professional soccer player...or a professional writer (I can't keep my metaphors straight), but whether you play magnet ball, or full fledged position soccer, you can't get worse at something you do every day (thank you for the continued use of that quote, Howard Tayler!).
What kind of writer are you, and where are you in your project(s)?