This is what happens when a writer has been writing on a freelance basis for a period of a decade...they get, more or less, a little cocky about the way they present their work. College programs? Hah! Not for me. A teleseminar for freelance writers? Don't need it. Not for me. I know better. All these thoughts infiltrate the mind and when it does, there's a problem.
It goes stale. Like a loaf of two-month-old bread.
Sometimes....just sometimes, even the old goat needs to learn a new dance, you know. Maybe it's a new technique on how to write better because the world is changing and technically, as the world spins around and around and around, you have to change with it because your readers and audience are changing too. If you don't learn new things, you're going to be left behind.
Taking some courses is sometimes free and sometimes it costs you very little. Most importantly, most of them are done with a click of the mouse. There's nothing much to lose to listen to ideas of other freelance writers out there. It might even become a kind of a refresher course which will remind you about fundamental basics that you have forgotten five years ago because some paper columnist said you were one of the best freelance writers out there. Your ego could have gotten so big that you're no longer seeing the flaws. EVERYONE's got flaws!
And there's also one more thing that classes and new courses can do for a freelance writer and that it makes them practice. And come on, we all know practice makes PERFECT! The only way to improve on your writing is to practice like you're mad, like your life depended on it.
Reading is helpful for freelance writers too but it can only do so much because you're not trying to find the right words. You're reading the words of others which will give you ideas but it does not allow for a positive projection of thoughts.
So, if you want to improve on your writing career, maybe you should listen to what others have to say and put your ego aside a little. I know I do....once in a very indigo moon.