I love what the writer, Robin LeFevers says here:
But here’s the thing: we writers don’t have so much as a block of marble or lump of clay or even paints with which to create. Writers are required to produce the material from which they will then craft the book. So recognize that your early drafts and story journaling are essentially creating the material, rather than writing the story you will be telling.
Straight away this image popped into my head (yes, Kel, I think it would be a wonderful side trip to draw or otherwise engage said image :) I got this image of a writer standing in front of a giant mound of ... well, I guess from a distance it could look like a rubbish heap. On closer inspection, there is some weird shit in there - arms, and flaps of clothing, and keys, and cars, and purses and elephants and things that you don't even really know what they are until the third draft. A big teetering mound.
And then you start to craft. And then after that you start to write your story.
I loveses this :)