A review of progress helps us gauge our growth. We become lost in our own development. Shortcomings are easier for us to see in real time. Growth is not.
Journaling serves this purpose. A journal helps writers become all the more accustomed to the act of writing. Our capacity for the written word is like any other skill, it improves with practice.
Again, this is not easily perceived.
Writers are readers, and it is natural for us to compare ourselves to those we admire and wish to emulate. We look at our own work and can become discouraged. We see the necessary ugliness of the process. Everything that comes before the final product is never good enough. That is necessary.
The hope is that the audience will read our final product and wonder how we did it.
We wonder, too. Lucky for us that a review of our work holds the answer.