The Freedom To Be Crummy
So I write the first draft long hand, The second draft I rewrite long-hand on a clipboard, then I type it once, then I retype it then it sits for at least a week or two and I redo it, I type it again. And not “computer” re-typing, but starting all the way at the beginning as a hard copy. Why you ask? Good question.
I don’t think people who grew up with computers could do that.
For me I have to do it like that because otherwise I’m so scared for the first couple of drafts. If I think they have to be anywhere close to as good as the last draft I get so scared and full of that kind of narcissistic terror that I can’t do it. So I end up trading a lot of drudgery time for the freedom to be crummy in the first drafts.
—David Foster Wallace