I hate writing second drafts.
No doubt there are people out there who can look at a piece they have written and with no more than a flick of a computer key delete, add or amend their near perfect prose. These people are, no doubt, called Professional Writers.
The likes of us mere mortals, aka me, need a bit more notice. We can't just sit there with a pen and calmly cross through and add willy nilly. Oh no, that would be far too easy.
For whatever reason my brain needs time to warm up, to get into the story so to speak. This inevitably means printing out my first draft and starting from scratch, typing up what is showing on the paper until such time as Mr Brain kicks in and starts telling me what needs expanding or re-wording.
I think this may be linked to my approach to writing. One of the things you constantly hear from writers and writer groups is that it's all about using the strongest word at the appropriate time. Weak words must be illiminated at all costs as this shows weak writing.
And to be fair, to an extent i agree - using the right word or an interesting phrase can raise writing above the crowd and make it come alive, but it can also scream to the reader "look at me, i'm being clever at you"
For me personally writing is more about the rhythmn and flow. Really good writing should be like a background piece of set - you know it is there, it helps to set the scene and makes you feel that the place you are at is real - but if its a really good set then you probably shouldn't notice it in the first place because it's done its job of getting you there.
And in order to achieve that flow - well, you can't just jump in can you? You have to be there, in the scenery and feeling what the characters are saying to you.
I guess life is the same in many ways: you don't have much right to comment until you've been there yourself I guess...