For the past few months I've been practicing figure drawing in the mornings before work. Today, something clicked. Suddenly it seemed like I was better proportioning heads, arms and legs, picking up on how to lay down shadows with the charcoal, and I was moving faster and more confidently. Simply, each drawing, from the 1 minute quick-draws to the 10 minute drawing at the end of the session were better.
Don't get me wrong, I still have a loooooooong  way to go with figure drawing. And this bout of practicing I've fallen into has only been about some 6 or 7 weeks of daily practice. In that time, today is the first day where suddenly something seemed to change.
The phenomenon of something clicking is contextually a bit difficult to describe. Nonetheless, for me, I think it's important to make note of when things click, for a few reasons. To do so keeps me motivated. It represents something of a miniature milestone. It is a moment in which I've seen my working results reflect back the technical advice I've seen again and again. In my case, I just needed to put enough mileage in before I could connect the advice and knowledge I'd absorbed with, in this case, how my body moved to draw, and the way my eyes perceived shapes, contours, lines, contrast, and light.
I say, mark those days down. They represent the fruit of your labours, especially the labours of patience. Will they come to any or all of us? Can't say. But I will say that I have been thinking about mileage a lot; that so long as I enjoy the craft I am pursuing, accruing mileage is the fastest (and slowest) way forward.