Agree or disagree?
Agree completely. I rewrite these blog posts. I practice on another sheet of paper before filling out a birthday card. I write emails and then delete them and then write them again. It’s mostly for the sake of clarity. Usually I over-explain or under-explain myself. When I teach writing, most students are afraid of the first draft. They think they have to completely start over, when all they have to do is rethink things. They also don’t realize how much work they’ve done in the planning process, where they’ve run through several scenarios and worked something out.
At work, I mark everything as a draft. I’m usually editing up to the last minute.
And here’s a warning, if you think a first draft is awesome, just wait a day. You’ll find something that isn’t working–either because it misses the goal of what your writing needs to accomplish or it just sounds bad. Great reminder from Jayme.
BTW, Jayme is awesome. I’m impressed by his crazy output. He’s writing all the time and starting new projects constantly–from podcasts like the Shootin It Network to novels and comic books. I’ve been very impressed so far. The best place to learn about all his writing t is probably at twitter.com/jaymekarales.