Many visual artists start their major works by making sketches or making low res photos before hand. These sketches are sometime made days, months, or years before the work on the larger pictures or canvasses begins. So too with my writing style. Most days I write an off-the-cuff synopsis of what I was thinking during the day. I leave these daily pages jell over night or for a few days before re-reading them. When I review those pages, I edit them with a yellow highlighter.