Not sure if this needs to go in The Lounge. Please move if needs be. I'm not looking for a general 'it's matured' here, but rather specifics. I also hope this isn't interpreted as bragging - it's simply recognising where things have improved. For me it's definitely my punctuation, and in particular my use of the comma. Man I used to overuse that bugger to a ridiculous level, sticking one in whenever my brain heard the slightest pause in the narrative and sometimes even when it didn't (hear a pause). Another improvement is that my sentence lengths are now more varied. I used to try and limit the use of 'and' when linking elements or actions in a sentence, thinking it sounded wrong. Of course it can sound wrong but I'm far more confident in this area now and it's really helped the rhythm of my prose. Paragraphs. I used to ponder over these for minutes on end, arguing with myself as to whether I should be starting one or not. This obsession probably amounted to about 20% of my writing time back then. I still struggle, but their use feels far more instinctive now.