I went over my first draft of the newest story today. We'll call it Garbage Strike.
It was definitely in need of tailoring. Some parts need taking in and some need letting out. My focus was intensified however, by knowing that this story will soon go out to (the) Mentor who will be looking closely at every word. It affected the demand I put on myself. It is a lot like working out with a trainer rather than working out by yourself. You can be just about ready to drop, but with a take-no-whining trainer, you will put in that extra set of reps.
Previously, I wanted to write well enough to sell, and now I am trying to write the best I possibly can. Hopefully that will still sell.
I want to make writing to the best of my abilities a habit, make it stick - 'cause when this MFA is over, who will I be writing for?