I pulled up a very old manuscript of mine the other day -- one that will never see the light of day, one that most of my CPs don't even know exists. I gave it a quick read through and realized just how much my writing has matured. My sentence structure is now more complex, the threads more complicated, and the themes more edgy. I understand the concept of well-placed back-story, realized there are hundred of ways to display emotion, and get that dialogue, although fun to write and essential, is only a small component of a well-written manuscript. I have learned that an kick-ass first chapter is useless if the rest of the book falls flat and that scenes and chapters need to flow together seamlessly. Am I done learning? Is my writing done maturing? Hell no! But, it has come a long way . . . from the dark, embarrassing crevices of my laptop to a manuscript I am not afraid to toss at my agent for review.
So how about you, has your writing matured over time or are you one of the lucky few born with an innate ability to just let the words flow?