The first draft is plain. During the second draft, lots of delightful stories are added. Except upon reflection, you might find not all the stories are all that entertaining. The third draft is for swapping out the stories that don’t work and rewriting the stories that do. This process feels a lot like selecting a puzzle piece and rotating it around to see if you can get it to fit, and when it doesn’t, trying another piece.
Draft after draft, writing gets more straightforward and enjoyable, and the pieces eventually come together to form something significant.
Just about every project is like this. We bump up against things that don’t work, and it helps to think about the temporary setback as a chance to try out another piece of the puzzle.