I'm going back to look at some of my old work because I want to salvage the characters and use them in a new book.
Boy, have I learned a lot! My work was ... enthusiastic, but man, I was wordy! Why use one really precise word when a dozen other words will do?
I think this sort of look-back is very, very useful. I'm even prouder of what I've accomplished now that I look back at where I was 5 years ago.
Now if I can just grit my teeth & keep skimming....