Insomniac #4 commented on Wednesday's post:
"Do you find that the first draft is so hard to write because the possibilities
are endless and the ideas aren't fully formed that it's hard to know where
everyone/everything fits best? Or is it just that starting a new project is a
lot harder when you've done so much work on others?"
What a great comment/question!
First, let me explain how I feel about it:
While writing the first draft, I can write freely, with no worry for adverbs, being verbs, repetition, or lousy description. I write to get the story out of my head and onto the page.
When I begin revising, my mindset must change. The purpose during revision is to clean up and tighten up the language so I can accurately portray to another person the images I see clearly in my own head.
So to answer the first question from the comment: YES!
And to answer the second question: Not "harder" but different. It's not just switching gears, it's climbing out of the car I've been driving for over a year, and swapping the set of keys for a brand new car I've never driven before. I know where the clutch is, but I keep stalling until I get a "feel" for the new car.
I love the writing process, every aspect of it!!