Deleting Work

I have a love/hate relationship with the infamous "delete everything, abort mission" stance we writers sometimes take in our work. When I was writing the first draft of my first book, I deleted almost everything I wrote (and lost whole chapters by accident, oops!), daily. But I made sure what came after said (mass) deletion was even greater than what was just there.We're not perfect, oh no, we're not. If we were our characters would all be billionaires with no problems and so would we! Conflict, strife...imperfection, perceived or otherwise is ultimately what makes us what we are, writers first, human beings second. If you're like me, you live to write, to create, to give metaphorical birth. All the human trappings of the world, are a clear and distracting second. They teach one how to write with spunk and anguish, oh yes, but they are mere distractions to the act of writing themselves. That is why I think it necessary to backspace, to delete, to erase. For as much as we create, we can surely destroy, no?