When I write a first draft, I cringe. I like that it's all new and stuff, but I don't like the craziness of it. I want things to be right and good, but with a first draft they're not. I'm getting better with writing first drafts. I still don't like them, but there's no story without them. I used to have anxiety attacks on how horrible they were, but no one has to see it. It's for you, for your story. It's a start.
When you write a first draft, you have to keep in mind that it is a first draft. Go crazy. Mess up. It's okay. Revisions are when you really know the characters and the story. First drafts are like first dates. Ya know that weird, excited, awkward stage where the other person is telling you things and holding back, then telling you things. Yeah. Now, my methods of just writing may not be what you do. I'm more of a panster and I let the characters guide me, but even if you outline, your first draft doesn't have to be perfect.
So don't be scared of that first draft--just write it. It doesn't matter if it's not perfect just let the story flow.
Here's a post I found that's simply wonderful on this topic. Always Write Terrible First Drafts by Carolyn Kaufman
How do you feel when writing your first draft?
Oh and happy belated book birthday to Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers. I got my copy and can't wait to read it. Congrats E.C.!
Have a great day!!