Both of them include what I call the “puzzle process.” The puzzle process is the tightening of the story, making sure each word fits properly and the sentences flow like honey…or if you prefer a different simile you can insert that right here.
Once the rough draft is done then comes rearranging and fitting the pieces ever so snugly, which often involves tearing out those little chunks that look good but they just don’t belong, or as William Faulkner so brutally puts it, you must “kill your darlings.” That part can be pretty painful; that eloquent prose that comes straight from the heart and nearly jumps out in full color right there on the paper (or Word document). Kill it. It doesn’t belong. Ouch!
When I save the final draft, push in the chair, and walk away, I have to be careful not to look down. I just know I’ll find a missing piece lying right there on the floor next to my desk.