For a quick excercise in humiliation…

…go back and re-read one of your very first pieces of fan fic…. just do it.  You’ll never laugh at a newbie in any field ever again!

In my case, I am re-reading my Anne de Bourgh series.  OMG!  I shudder with embarrassment at every single page I have written.  Thank God I took it down from DWG!

Addendum: Yet, on further reflection, I have not been as prolific nor have I written with quite so much enthusiastic humor since then.  I have no idea where that confidence came from because it certainly doesn’t exist today.  I over-think everything!