Every Cliche in the Book
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!!!