Okay so I’m not actually writing a draft at the moment but when I was working on mine this lesson was VERY relevant.
You know the drill, you write frantically pounding out several pages in quick succession. The next day when you come back to it you take what is meant to be a quick glance over to familiarize yourself but it turns into a 3 hour intensive editing session.
Let’s just point out that your first draft is supposed to be messy and yeah somewhat heinous. It’s normal! The first draft is just the mud at the bottom of the lake. It inspires you to fill it with beautiful clear thoughts (water *grin*). Possibly not the best analogy but you get the drift ; p So you need to resist the urge to fix it. Because at this moment it’s actually a waste of precious drafting time.
It’s about getting that rough dirty story down on paper and then polishing it into a gem that sparkles.