Well, bullsh*t, according to Chuck Wendig. I don't know about the rest of you, but I really, really struggle with trying to improve. By nature, I'm a researcher. So, when I come across a problem I'm having or know there's something I need to improve on, I Google. The problem with that is, you wind up with so much conflicting information that you don't know what is what. Or, you find something that sounds so clever, so astute, so on the money that you can't figure out why you never thought of it before. Then you try and implement it and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.
Sadly, this only makes me doubt myself more, instead of helping me. Someone shared this link with me today and I think it's a good read. Funny and inspiring at the same time. Having read this, I'm feeling 110% better about delving into something I a) haven't ever written before and b) am going to present to someone as a gift sooo... maybe it'll help you, too? If nothing else, I think you'll get a good laugh out of it.