The first draft does not have to be perfect.
The first draft can have misspelled words.
The first draft can have no periods or commas or capital letters.
The first draft can be jumbled, with run on sentences, fragments.
The first draft can be just thoughts, ideas, even nonsense.
But I have to get the first draft down.
So I keep telling myself this when I'm stressing over a sentence, trying to make it perfect.
This is the first draft.
Many more will come.
(And don't show it to anyone.)