The first rewrite is never going to be the finished scene. In my experience, the tenth rewrite isn’t going to be the finished scene. You have to fix the glaring problems so you can see the ones that are merely evident. And then you have to fix the evident ones so you can see the one that are just bad. And then you have to fix the bad ones to see the one that are iffy. And then . . . The more rewrites you do, the better the scene gets, and the more clearly you can see its warts and bones. So the first rewrite is still going to be bad and it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it’s better . . .
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