Let me back up a little, though. If all I do as a writer is just pile word upon word and page upon page, I will become a highly prolific bad writer. So I guess it should say, "To Be a Better Writer, You Have to Write More Reflectively." If I think about what I've written and ask others to think about it and report their findings, the next time I sit down to write, I'll be better and more efficient. And the more often I go through that reflective process, the faster I'll become better.
What prompts this, possibly nonsensical, entry is what's happening as I write my second novel. The editing process I went through with my first book is most definitely informing the writing of my second book. I have a strong feeling the first draft of my second book will look a lot more like the final draft than the first draft of my first book did. The amount of time I spend on description, the way I write dialogue, the general economy of my prose is so much better now as I write the initial draft of Kisses and Lies than it was when I was drafting Harsh Prey, in which the final version ended up nearly 11,000 shorter than the first. I'm sure there's going to be a need for editing and revising, but I am also sure they won't be as drastic and that will become more and more true with every book--as long as I reflect on my writing every time I do it. Practice without reflection is useless. Reflection without practice is equally useless.