I wonder though, what is a first draft? I'm sure the answer is, as it always is with writing, that there is no set rule and it's different for everyone and every genre. But is there some sort of average? If I shoot for my final draft to be between 70,000-80,000 words long, what would you call the first draft? When you're done writing the story would be the obvious answer, but I have a habit of spitting out all the thrilling stuff first, you know- action, magic, sex- then going back and giving it more substance (which is always in my mind but hasn't made it to paper yet at that point because, well, I know all that back story stuff already, duh.) This time I'm pausing at 42,000. Eek that's short! But is it too short for a first draft? I like to just have things FINISHED. I hate having things left undone. But I suppose being outside my comfort zone is good for me once in a while, right? RIGHT?
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
Check out Karen Miller's piece The Tyranny of the First Draft