I discovered something magical this time around in drafting a novel. It's something that I've read a dozen times from a dozen other writers. It's advice that I have GIVEN to writers over and over, and yet, I couldn't follow it.
Your first draft is going to be TERRIBLE.
Like, the story doesn't fully make sense. Scenes aren't complete. Characters switch from one thing to another.
This is why everyone says the key to writing is rewriting. First draft: tell the story to yourself. The next drafts: fix the story for others to read.
Why do you write? Why do you spend the time writing and rewriting and rewriting some more? Why is it worth it?
Sometimes, we need to check ourselves and answer these questions.