Watching British Baking Show, it occurs to me that most people have no idea that they’re disqualifying themselves from the running by committing some grave error because they’re unaware they’ve made an error. It’s a blind spot—you can’t know what you don’t know. Mostly, they’re shocked, if not totally horrified. Only a couple of times do you see anyone say, “Screw it; I’ll be lazy/stupid here.”
It also occurs to me that writing is very, very similar. No one *knows* how they’re screwing up until they’ve already done it, and somebody points it out. Then, forever and ever, the mistake is emblazoned in your brain.
Life’s the same. All of it. You have to try over and over to make enough mistakes to be excellent. Go make mistakes.