Every author has rules for writing and rules by their favorite author. I’ve added John McPhee to my list.
Here are my rules…for what they are worth(not much):
Put that first draft away(by my experience, it’s crappy)
Revise until you can stand your writing.
Get other people to read it.
Send it to your editor
Revise until she/he thinks it can be published
Go back to the beginning of the list