I finished a rough draft in November, the first I've finished in a really long time, actually. As I was writing it, I noticed something:
I still write like crap. This is like the 12th or 13th rough draft I've written, and yes, I still write like crap.
No, don't go leaving comments about how I am being too hard on myself and whatnot. I'm not fishing for compliments here. I'm being honest. All the time I typed up this book, I was like, "Oh gosh, that's a cliché, but I need to get this scene out so it'll just have to wait. Noooo, an adverb! Crap, I just typed 'suddenly' for the third time this page...I'm pretty sure my MC sighs more than humanly possible..." And so on and so forth.
I know I am writing crap sometimes. I know I'll have to go back and edit my prose into the ground. But you know what? I'm cool with that. For me, the rough draft isn't the place for getting super picky with words. I can only focus on one thing at a time, and in the rough draft it's mostly the plot that I'm concerned with. I have to string together a series of events that leads to an awesome climax, and that's kind of hard! I can barely do that AND develop 3D characters at the same time. Why should I expect myself to get every sentence right on top of that?
Well, I don't expect it. I write crap, knowing it'll get fixed later when I have the story and characters right.
Not that I go out of my way to write horribly, I just don't obsess over a bad phrase or cruddy description. I do reread my chapters, fix typos and other things that bug me. But I don't heavily edit until later drafts, not until I'm confident the story is in fairly good shape.
I know other writers work differently, but I'm finally getting to a place where I'm okay with this part of my process. I can own the fact that I write crap sometimes...or often. It's a good thing I'm a pretty decent reviser.