We all have vastly different writing styles. Everyone needs to do very different and sometimes bizarre things for inspiration, and our first finished drafts can vary hugely. So what does your initial effort look like?
I'm a little unusual in that my first draft closely resembles my last. When it comes to writing essays for school, this is true purely because I don't have the time to do much. Even when I have a lot of time to mull over a story, however, I don't end up doing much editing. I'm not bragging; it's not as though I just get everything right the first time. It's really just a bad habit I've fallen into. Once I've reached the end of a story, I want it done, away from me -- I don't even want to look back at it for a day or two, and then I do I certainly don't want to edit it. I get away with this only because while I'm writing, I'm thinking very hard about word choice and not much gets on the page that I haven't carefully approved. For the future, however, I'd like to become a better editor. My creative writing workshops have been immensely helpful in this respect; I've learned a lot about streamlining, intensifying, and fine-tuning. If only I would put it in practice...well, there's still time. I just have to force myself to look back on my stories with a critical and discerning eye, instead of thrusting it away: "There, that's done, now get it away from me!"