In writing, you can make a silk purse our of a sow's ear, but first you have to create the sow's ear. Your first draft is the sow's ear -- Charles Parnell
Yea!!! At last, permission to create a sow's ear. I do become frustrated trying to write perfectly all the time. I want to create my own voice. That doesn't mean that I don't polish my writing, but I do want it to sound like me and not everyone else.
So, in light of the silk purse coming later, I think I'll feel more free with my first draft next time and just slap it down and polish it up later. Ahhhhhh freedom.