Oh, learning stuff is hard.
TMA01 just back from fiction tutor and practically the same mark as last year’s TMA01 from the poetry tutor, both of which effectively said ‘Not bad, try harder.’ And a lot of really clear explanation of why my writing was a bit meh.
So, that’s ok, that gives me something to work with. It’s flattening though, to know you did your best at that point in time and actually, you aren’t a genius, you are like all the other folks who just started learning a craft - you need to keep doing it a while longer yet before you are an expert.
But I’m doing all the things! I’m doing all the writing and the working and the reading. It’s not fair! I want to be good RIGHT NOW.
Back to this time last year: have patience and trust the process.