One of my favorite essays on writing is, “Shitty First Drafts” by Anne Lamott. I read it in college, and it changed the way I write. Years later, it still has a profound effect on me.
Lamott’s thesis is simple: All first drafts suck, so get it over with. The point is to dismiss the myth that says you can write something amazing on your first attempt — or that you should even try.
Such an approach removes the mysticism from writing and relieves the pressure to pump out a piece of pure genius at first attempt.