Recently, I read through my first published short story. I couldn't believe the number of small mistakes such as filter words and word echoes in that story. Looking at it now, I think it's lucky someone decided to publish it. Last night I was making some more touches to my recently-finished novel. Once again, I spotted several word choices that I know now not to do.
At one point, I thought there would be a time when my writing would become fully developed. It seems no matter how much effort I put into a piece, however, I could always write it better if I came back to it later. Now, I'm thinking that moment I 'arrive' as a writer will never come, and that's actually a good thing.
Would you really want to reach a point where your writing, or any other endeavor for that matter, stops improving? Athletes don't stop training the moment they win the gold medal. Most business men do not stop earning money after they reach their first million.
One advantage of writing is your words are permanent. You can see exactly what you wrote a year ago, twenty years ago, or even in your first story. It gives you a great yardstick for measuring your progress year to year. Hopefully, that progress will never stop.