On many ocassions there is no clear goal, at first. You write sentence after sentence until a first draft is finished. And then, once the draft is not that hot, you read it again to discover the hidden goal. Once you have grasped the goal you were after, it is the moment to rewrite it again to make it as explicit as possible. However this is not my idea but Stephen king'sThanks for sharing this, Pedritter. I think this is a really great point (so thank you, also, to Stephen King). This makes very clear how you can write the first draft with nothing but a sense of urgency, and try to find the meaning and purpose afterward. Don't write with the answer in mind; write with the question that needs to be answered.