Unlike many of the people I've seen on here who have been writing since childhood, I have only been at it for less than three years. Most of my efforts have been focused on my sci-fi/fantasy novel, "Astral Arcana" which is only the first part of what I plan to turn into a series. In essence, most of my learning process has been spent on this book, and it's what I've been cutting my teeth on as I develop as a writer. To improve at writing, one needs to actually write, and this story is what I have the passion and drive for. My problem is this. How do I balance my need to learn the craft of writing with my need for this one story to be as good as I can possibly make it? I worry if I finish it now, I might find later that it isn't what it could have been, or somehow screws up the continuity of what I plan to do with the rest of the series. Should I make an effort to work on other stories to hone my skills, or am I worrying about nothing?