Keep on shooting, and try not to limit yourself to just 1-10 shots per location. Shoot more of them, and eventually you will find one of them that looks masterpiece.
I love macro close-up and portrait photography
I am a firm believer that you can always buy another camera, another lens, but never time and a lost shot.
Be more self critical as well. and see more of others work. be more open minded when shooting, and try something new.
The people who stagnate are the people who got too satisfied with what they have at the present and got knee deep entrenched at that level. There are too many examples of fellas who proclaimed to have taken up photography for eons but producing nothing near expected of their "experience". Of course the longer u shoot, the more easily ur pride gets bruised with remarks.
when u start to hate the last pic that u really loved once, u r looking forward to do more things differently. I used to think that I thought I knew alot 6 mths into shooting. But the more I shoot, the more i realise the less I know. And now i just look forward to my nxt shooting trip.
Do not give up