I don't know how many of us are currently working on a story (I know I am drifting in and out of stories, never seeming to finish any one of them but always at work), but I am sure we could all improve our work. We can help each other improve, my weakness might be your strength and vice versa. Yes, we have a critique and advice forum, but nine times out of ten, I don't read the giant swathes of text there even if I had planned to, so only two or three people comment, and not much of a discussion arises.
To really help each other out, we need to become less specific and more generic. We each need find the areas we can or want to improve and then maybe, the SpecVision community can come to it's own and really contribute again. So take a good careful look at your latest work and critique it. What's really great, what's truly awful? Which parts gave you trouble? Where do you want to improve. Rinse, repeat and write down a list of things you'd like to improve or which you think you've nailed down (really important, so you won't make yourself depressed by a list of only failures). Here's mine:
- Out of the box thinking
- Well established backgrounds
- Dialogue, and how to switch between dialogue and descriptions
- Established English grammar and punctuation
- Too much focus on world-building, not enough on story-building
- Easily distracted.