In the last week or so I've finally committed to writing a novel mostly for my own personal pleasure. There's a set of my characters that have been floating around my head for a while, so I feel like I'll eventually burst if I don't get them to do something. Now, I've done a fairly solid outline. It's vague enough to allow for flexibility as I write, but detailed enough to have interesting twists and turns to keep me motivated. But what I'm really struggling with is letting myself write a crap first draft. I tried to take the slow approach, perfectly crafting each chapter before moving on, but then as the story would develop a chapter later it'd inevitability make something in the original chapter not make as much sense. So I have to keep the story moving as quickly as possible, but this means each scene ends up being quite short (less than 500 words), with very simple dialogue, and crude, poorly worded descriptions, such as: Even though I know rewrites can fix a lot of the crap-ness, I can't help but feel I'm wasting my time as I scan what I've written and it feels so lifeless. But I know if I slow down the first draft will never be finished. I guess my question is, how bad are your first drafts? Are they, like mine, on the scale of near-vomit-inducing? And could anyone perhaps share a paragraph or two from their own first drafts to show that maybe I'm not in fact alone?