- spewing out onto the page, worrying about it in revisions
- making an outline and carrying that thing out, baby, come what may
- making an outline and deviating some
- writing but editing as we go for a cleaner first draft (leaving heavy rewriting for revisions)
I'm the last sort. I like to re-read my last chapter or so, before I start so I have a good indication of where it's going, a cleaned-up first draft, and a stronger idea of changes that will have to be made in revisions (and I note them in the text).
How do you write your first drafts?