When I’ve finished the first draft of a manuscript I ask myself the question, “Have I arrived at my planned destination? Have I written the novel I set out to write?”
At the outset I planned to write a novel that answered certain questions:
1. Who is the story about
2. What was that character’s problem?
3. What was the main obstacle to a solution
4. How was the obstacle overcome
Now I look at that first draft and ask myself if I’ve answered all those questions. If the answer is yes, I’ve got a plausible novel. I can then set about tweaking the minor points and amending the typos with an easy mind.