When I write my first draft, I have only an idea of my goal. Only when my thoughts are out do I begin to see the connections. I look for the main theme and supporting themes. I try to cut supporting themes.
While I explore with my first draft, I focus, prune, and organize with later drafts. Through this process, I understand how my thoughts tie together.
By communicating with you, I better understand me. This is my discovery process. What is your process? How does writing help you?