Despite my “Escape from the Seiser Alm” post, I’ve found myself going back there more than once. But that’s part of my standard operating procedure since I can’t just leave things at the level of what Annie LaMott calls “a sh***y first draft” and move on. One important reason for this is my Dreamweavers’ critique group. When my turn in the rotation comes up, I can’t send them a piece of meat even though I have allowed myself to send them things with a few “Transition Needed” links. The writers in that group are the ones who let me know early whether things are working or not.
Please feel free to share a comment on how your manuscript evolves from a first draft to polished prose. I think every writer attacks this a little differently. I’m always interested in methods.