Are you ever completely happy with your first drafts, or what you write at first? I never am, I always think 'This isn't good' or 'The ending isn't good' or my personal favourite 'What made me think this idea would be good?' I never am happy with the first draft, I find faults with it everywhere, I could improve the beginning, I could improve the dialogue, I could make it flow better. All these things are running through my mind after finishing a long first draft. I just finished the first draft of a story today, 3500 words and am totally NOT happy with it. Wanting to go back and redraft it straight after I've finished it, though I always give myself a night to reflect upon it and go back with a more unbiased and balanced view. So if, like me, you find yourself doing this, this is my advice ... redraft it, the story will be many times better if you do, and you will shut up that nagging voice in the back of your head, and the most important thing to remember is, don't be disheartened. No one can write a great novel straight away, it takes time, effort and a lot of redrafting, reworking and rewriting until you get it perfect. P.S. how many drafts, if any, do you do?