40+ years ago I was doing quite well on the club circuit, got the distinctions etc but eventually you come to realise that you are repeating the same style of image in different places and that there really are no rules in any art form so why try to impose some? Admittedly going full time pro 25/30 odd years ago reinforced that viewpoint. I've attached half a dozen images I was going to enter in this year's merits and then thought, 'What's the point'? You may well think that about some of the images.
Enjoy your photography which ever way you go.