Approximately two years ago, I made it my ambition earn money as a writer. I felt that I had a modicum of ability based on the the fact that my writing was already of a reasonable standard, despite me having very little by way of formal education. My thinking was that if I applied myself, focused on education and practised accordingly, I would eventually reach a professional standard. Now I find myself falling short of the mark. I believe I have put in the hours, the learning, and the self-criticism. I have gone back and learnt the fundamentals of syntax and grammar, practised sentence craft and worked on different styles. I have completed copywriting internships and entered writing competitions, taking great lengths to act upon any feedback I received. Even now, this stream of consciousness was started as a writing exercise, a way to assess how I can improve and what gaps there are in my ability to recognise good or bad prose, whether written by myself or a professional. Nonetheless, I find even now I am often turning out sub-par pieces of work and even making basic grammatical errors - after proofreading! I realise that self doubt goes hand-in-hand with any creative pursuit, I also know that those who succeed are the ones that take the inevitable knocks and continue to improve, adapt and learn from them. I should clarify that what I am referring to is not the creative process, but the technical side of writing. Constructing sentences and communicating information as succinctly and clearly as possible. For me, this seems to be very inconsistent and I always find errors in anything I write over 200 words. I’ve recently been trying to make some extra cash as a copywriter and it's with this endeavour that the inconsistencies have become so apparent. I decided to post this little ramble to see if it may promote some discussion on tactics for improving the craft of writing. My only ideas at this stage are to review my drafting process, perhaps experimenting with a complete rewrite from first to second, for example. If anyone has any opinions, I would love to hear them and perhaps share ideas.