The first draft is by far the place I always end up just writing with my own ideas. And is usually a time for me to discover what’s the point of the story, the twists and the turns and main plot points.
The last is important, as when I’m doing revision it would be very very important to have this ideas in my head. I would use most of the plot points except I might restructure them, change them, or change the way they are expressed.
But the main thing is to ensure that it’s there. And for me to get out of any particular plot holes if there is any. A way of how I handle writer’s block is to think of why and force myself to actually find another way. And to ensure that it is always harder for the protagonist or to raise the stakes.
And not handing them the answers or making them have to go through quite a bit to get them has been the go to way.
The first draft for me at the beginning would be all about getting the story out. And working out any major changes which I would do. Only because the details wouldn’t necessarily work out in my mind as it does on the paper.
And closing up any holes that I have. I often try to do my best in closing them, so I have an easier time when I start the revision process. For me, this process is often fluid and organic even when there’s an outline. I often end up throwing the outline out the window whenever I start.
So for me, only the rough direction would work. Even if the later parts require a bit of knitting together. But for me that’s for a later stage to fix and have them come well together.
Not so much for the first draft. It’s to see where the story will go and where it would end up. Where are the gaps? What are the parts where I could expand?
As a writer, I work best with no strict outlines but guidelines. I can ignore them or follow them, and that’s what allows me to be as creative as possible. Work within but also break out of the mould.
This is how I write my first draft, and next time it would be the revision process. Which would be the end.