tempo of a first draft

the tempo of a first draft: keys flying. a dozen open tabs. highlight, copy, paste, rephrase.

i lose minutes in a single sentence,

“to start with a clause or a subject?”

i lose minutes in a single phrase.

soon an hour flies by. i feel my brain whirring. creating.

re-read, re-write, re-think the whole thing–

delete, delete, delete.