I've read in the past, and a bit in the present, about how the proper way for writers to write is to first throw all of your ideas from your brain onto paper (in 2015, onto a screen) and then figure it all out later on your second, third, fourth, etc., drafts. And while I think that’s fine for people who like to write like a blender, I prefer to analogize my writing style to a puzzle.
Do people do a puzzle by throwing all of the pieces onto a
table and start putting random pieces together, hoping that they resemble the
end product, then going back and repeating that process three, or four more
times until the desired product materializes? No. People tend to start by
putting together full parts, a full sky first (the main plot), a full car second
(a subplot, perhaps), a full puppy third (characters), etc., then putting the full parts together to create the whole picture.
In the far past, when typewriters and quill pens were the
preferred (and only) tools to write with, second and third drafts were the only
way to go. You had to toss away drafts at will, and use white-out sparingly to
correct mistakes. Remember white-out? The mother of a member of the Monkees made that. Incredible! Hey, remember the Monkees?
Leaving the world of digression…
But in the day of Microsoft Word and Google Doc, we're now
able to fix and correct as we write along, the end product often resembling
what it is we first had in our minds.
And I when I talk of drafts, I don't mean fixing spelling
errors, cleaning up grammar, adding details you might have missed, etc., all things you should totally do at the end,
things I don't consider part of a second or third draft. To stick with the
puzzle analogy, that’s comparable to when you adhere straggling parts where
they fit at the end, corners, a car’s bumper, a puppy’s paw and such.
This isn't advice of any kind––I'm not fit to give any––just how I perceive my
writing style. I’d love to hear about all kinds of writing styles. I doubt many of us
write the same way. Hell, maybe people do puzzles differently than how I think they do in my mind. I haven't done a physical puzzle in a long while.