Jorge Luis Borges claimed everything he published was a “rough draft.” Recalling an interview w/ Mexican writer Alfonso Reyes, Borges explains why people write, and why they make those thoughts public.
I am compulsively public, and a hoarder of outlets, so this quote resonates for me:
Well, he once said to me, “Why do we publish books?” “Yes,” I said, “I often ask myself the same question. Why on earth?” He said, “I think I’ve found the solution.” “And what is that?” I asked. “”We publish books,” he said, “in order to avoid spending our whole lives correcting the errors.” And I agree. If one publishes a book, he can then go on to other things.
Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations (edited by Richard Burgin); from Legal Underground.