It’s a great post, but it underlines things about my writing I’m trying to combat. Word choice, passive or active voice, bloat words. When I reread some of my older pieces with a view to editing them, I’m amazed. Repetitive sentence structures, sudden fixations on one particular word, and a lack of variety in my word choices. So I work through and change everything, thinking, Why didn’t I do this the first time around?
I have improved. My first perfectly written story? There’s always next time.