I’ve probably already had this discussion with my regular readers, but I find it interesting so it’s worth having again.
The other day I was reading a book about essay writing and the author said that you should have a minimum of three drafts before your final paper. Until last year, there was always a part of me that thought I must be doing something wrong because I never had several distinct drafts of a paper before turning it in. Not until last year did I realize that it’s just that my writing style is different.
I tend to revise and edit while I’m still writing the essay. So when I get to the end, it’s usually pretty close to being final. I don’t have multiple, distinct drafts. That’s not to say that I don’t make changes or corrections after that point, just that they don’t tend to be very significant.
So I’m wondering, what is your writing style? Do you write your whole paper/essay/story and then go back and edit and revise and then do that multiple times until you reach the final product? Or are you like me, where you make tiny revisions and improvements while you’re still working on the “first” draft?