The revision process.
People talk about the revision process like it’s separate from the writing process—as if you write a complete draft and revise it from there. For me, that is not even remotely the case. Maybe I’m alone, but if I’ve learned anything this semester it’s that I’m probably not. For me the revision process is the writing process. I start with some word vomit on the page (aka a shitty first draft) and I keep reading it, tweaking it, rereading, and it’s actually in the course of this process that I actually figure out what it is I want to say and the most effective way for me to say it. Generally, if I’m doing a good job, my end product is hardly the same breed of monster that my original word spew looked like.