A lot of people like to write out their first draft before coming back to touch up their prose. Well, I like to do that too. I find all sorts of infelicities. But, for me, the words need to have a certain rightness before I can go any further. I can’t imagine trying to clean up a whole 100k words of really shitty first draft. I’d be too discouraged to even begin.

These snips below are an example of why I write so slow. All came from the same writing session, and they’re typical of my writing practice.

Plop plop plop — all around her water was dripping off the leaves, splashing her, spattering onto the leaves crackling underfoot, draining into radiant green moss. Thin wisps of steam climbed up sunbeams.

becomes

Plop plop plop — all around her water was dripping off the leaves, splashing her, spattering onto the leaves crackling underfoot. Thin wisps of steam floated up from radiant green moss.

and then

Plop plop plop — all around her water was dripping off the leaves, splashing her, spattering onto the leaves crackling underfoot, draining into radiant green moss. Wisps of shimmering steam drifted upward.

changes to

Plop plop plop — all around her water was dripping off the leaves, splashing her, spattering onto the leaves crackling underfoot, draining into radiant green moss. Wisps of steam shimmered upward.

and yet another (probably the last till revision time)

Plop. Plop plop. Plop. All around her water was dripping off the leaves, splashing her, spattering onto the leaves crackling underfoot, draining into radiant green moss. Wisps of steam shimmered upward.