All these words are accurate. If you are writing your first novel or even your 101st then you know exactly what I mean.
I am learning the hard way the rewriting your work is a must. Unless you are God giving the law to Moses on Stone, you will HAVE TO rewrite.
Especially if you are a pants-er like me.
I wrote 50k words for NaNoWriMo last year. 50,000 words. How?
One action sequence after another. My characters fought, had sex, fought some more and no one was really sure why or who they were fighting or screwing!
So now during the rewrite I have to untangle the bodies and figure out who is killing who and who is sleeping with who (or what).
It is Gloriously Aggravating!
I hope to have a decent book out of it by the time it is all said and done. I have taken out the sex for now. It may go back in depending on what the Beta Readers have to say. If they are not needed in the story then great! If the readers like the idea of some hanky panky time (And I am able to write a decent sex scene) then I will include them.
Mostly I just hope the story is good enough that people will want to spend their hard earned dollars on it.
Everything you have ever read, that was worth reading was NOT a first draft.
Rewriting in a MUST.