To your earlier point about writing and storytelling being different skills, when people speak of crappy first drafts I always thought they meant the writing (not the story). I’m a thorough outliner, too, so my stories rarely change much from first to final draft. But my first draft writing is awful, which I think is okay, no? They sound like they’re written by Tarzan. But if I constrained myself with worry about adverbs, passive voice, and present participles while I wrote, I would be paralyzed. Is “intentionally lousy” in the writing sense still a reasonable goal? Have you found that your first draft writing has also improved as your experience grew?