As all you regular readers know, I’m working on finishing book 2 before the end of April (when I am having a baby). I’m finding that I’m a lot pickier doing the first draft of book 2 than I was on the first draft of book 1. On book 1, the first draft was really really rough. I mean no proper names, places, and most of the speech tags weren’t even there. However, because that draft was so rough, it took a ton of revisions to get it right. Now, with the draft of book 2, I’m trying to get a much better draft the first time. Because of this, it’s taking longer. I tend not to write a scene unless I have it all worked out in my head, including making sure it works with what has happened before and what I want to happen after. This has slowed me down a lot and I’m wondering what to do. Should I continue to do a better first draft, or should I do more of a free write like I did the first time? On the one hand, it makes for a lot less revision work. On the other hand, the story gets down on paper a lot quicker.