Why does everyone seem to think the first draft is supposed to be bad or doesn't really count? My first drafts aren't perfect, but I do put a lot of work into them and I don't intend for them to be crap? I guess some of this is something a lot of writers feel like they need to hear. I've never been a fan of books on how to write. I much prefer to just read great stories. The stories were my first writing teachers, not how-to books or forums. I don't know. I think there is something important about giving your first draft some importance. It doesn't mean that there won't be more drafts or that it will be perfect, but I think it should be taken seriously on some level. Am I alone here? Does anyone else think the first draft is important? I've heard people say the hardest thing to work with is a blank page, but that's another one I don't buy. A blank page can be much easier to work with than bad writing. And in my mind a bad first draft isn't always a step in the right direction. I guess this is just a word of caution to those who think a first draft is supposed to be crap. Instead it can be a stepping stone in the right direction. I just have a hard time believing if a first draft is really crap, the second will be much better.