Is It True That Authors Write Word-Perfect First Drafts?

The only author I’m aware of to make that claim is Stephen King, and I’m skeptical of it. Perhaps editors polish his work and he never sees it. I rewrite dozens of times, removing adjectives, fixing continuity errors, eliminating exposition, etc. I can’t imagine any other way to produce a quality product. Of course, I’m NOT Stephen King.

Other authors, how about you?

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