Last night as I was doing some revisions I came to a scene that was...well it was horrible. It should have appeared much earlier in the book. The characters and reactions were all wrong because I wrote it so long ago I didn't fully know the story and people. So I started again from scratch. It's been a long time since I've drafted anything and it felt soooo good. I'd forgotten how much I like the initial first draft stage, the freedom of putting down any little thing I think of, the electricity of the characters speaking to me and watching the scene unfurl. It was nice.
Don't get me wrong, I like revising too. They both have advantages and shortfalls. But there is a freedom about first drafts that I've missed. I'm also faster at drafting than revising. I thought about going into a description of the pros and cons of drafting and revising but it seemed like a lot of reading for a Friday. Besides I need to meet my revision goals. So, the writing world, or at least this part of it, wants to know: do you have a preference between the two? Are you faster at one? What do you like/dislike about each of them?
Hope everyone has a happy weekend!