To paraphrase Hemingway, the first draft of anything is going to be lousy. He uses a different word to describe first drafts, but I won’t repeat it simply because I don’t like using curse words. But, he’s right. A first draft is essentially a rough draft; full of ideas plopped down on paper, incoherent, lacking flow.
Throughout my writing journey, there are a lot of rough drafts. Some become full-fledged stories; some were pushed to the wayside, never to be heard from again. On my blog, I have a collection of short stories. Some of them, I created on the fly. Essentially, they’re rough drafts I thought were good enough to publish. Fellow writers and readers may think otherwise.
The beauty of rough drafts is that they can be refined and polished into something spectacular. I admit that I should have done some revisions and editing to some of the stories on my blog. It’s no good to rush something out there just to meet a deadline. So, I’m working on editing and refining my work as each draft is complete, especially with my short stories. Sure, it may take longer to get them out there, but I will feel comfortable knowing I did the best I could.
What about you? How do you describe rough drafts? How much time do you take polishing them?