I will never be a one draft author. When I am in creating mode, my brain jumps and makes noise, producing garbled text at points. I need to rewrite those pieces.
I don't just rewrite, I rewrite with a plan:
- Remove sections that greatly dissatisfy me.
- Make the opening actually work.
- Make rewrite the end until it works.
- Look for jumps in logic.
- Fill out sparse areas.
- Add foreshadowing and track through themes.
- Rewrite confusing parts.
Mind you, this is the best first draft that I've ever done. I'm not kicking it to the curb, but I know what I need to do.