Yesterday I took a tour around my old contest entries and I was appalled, disgusted, amused and finally, proud.
I was appalled at the grammar errors I had overlooked out of sheer laziness.
I was disgusted that in one story, I actually switched Point-of-View mid story and then jumped back again. I messed up tenses too - purely amateur stuff here.
I was amused at my former naivety (and the stories that have come out of my head.)
And then finally, I was proud that I could recognize these faults and errors, which means I have grown as a writer.
I was planning on going back over all my entries and fixing the errors. Then I changed my mind. I want to always be able to go back and dwell in the satisfaction of growth thus far.
Give it a go my friends, it's an amazing experience to see how far you've come.