Writing is a tricky thing, because everyone assumes that the act of writing to move and amuse people with words is somehow only slightly more difficult than the act of writing to place words into vaguely coherent sentences. This is like saying that playing professional baseball is only slightly more difficult than hitting a beach ball with a stick. Most everyone can hit a beach ball with a stick, but very few people would think that means they’re ready to play in the World Series. Given that, it’s funny that people think that they’re going to be really excellent writers from the first time they try to tell a story with the written word.-John Scalzi, 10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About WritingLet's be honest, here. Your writing is not perfect. It never has been perfect and it never will be perfect. Whether you're writing poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, a short story or an expository epic, these things will always be true. Does that mean you should never try to improve? Of course not! In fact, even when you're not actively trying to improve, if you're writing on a regular basis then you already are. However, this process can be slow, frustrating, and clumsy. So how do you speed it up? The first way is to learn to criticize your own work, and many writers know to do this from the start. But the problem is, you're criticizing it as a writer, not as a reader. It can be near-impossible, sometimes, to recognize the flaws in your own work--like a parent looking at their own child, you tend to ignore the bad for the good, and many times there are little implications in the writing that rely on your own knowledge--knowledge the reader does not possess and thus will not understand. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, a writer can't go so far as to think that all they write is complete garbage. Why would they want to keep writing, then? The feeling that the work is magnificent, and the feeling that it is abominable, are both mosquitoes to be repelled, ignored, or killed, but not indulged. -Annie Dillard, The Writing LifeSo what is a writer to do? The answer, of course, is to drag their work, kicking and screaming, into the light for others to tear apart--which is exactly what this thread is for. tl;dr Post your writing here for constructive criticism. I'll start: Spoiler "a parable" emerging from the egg and yolk all vaporous with coffee-smoke he s l i d e s, and unable to remember how the stories go he shuffles uneventfully between the misty cars again; he watches as his feet watch every fissure in his fellow men; reciting softly to himself the latest bits of tragedy, he minds his way: an entertaining member of society. I don't write rhyming poetry nearly as often as I do free verse or even haikai, which is why I'm usually a lot less comfortable with the end result. For example, there's something a bit off about the second stanza that I just can't put my finger on.