I mean, your first draft being the seventh attempt at starting said first draft? Should a new writer feel ashamed of it, especially if they've told their friends and family that THIS would be the final 'fake' start? This time, they've got everything together and won't toss it in the bin? Because that's how I feel with my Amos Garnier story. I think it's likely that the current draft (now 1K in) is going to be my actual first draft now that I have all the peices somewhat laid out. Still, I've gone here and said, "Yo! This time I'm NOT gonna be restarting that damned story for the seventh time!" Thinking it from a perspective of someone not writing it, it must be pretty frustrating, especially if they've been encouraging them from the get-go. So, what do you think? Is it acceptable for a writer to have multiple fake starts as long as they get most of the plot hammered out for them to actually write it this time?