My Catholic upbringing taught me that the word babble had biblical origins, referencing the Tower of Babel, where men found themselves suddenly speaking in different tongues and not able to communicate with each other. Researching for this post, however, I was unable to find any reputable source to confirm that. While the origin of babbling is somewhat of a mystery, it still means much the same as I thought - speaking incoherently, or nonsensical chatter. Babies babble.
Do you babble when you write?
Writers are often spontaneous, crazed creatures whose thoughts must be captured before they vanish, so what often first appears will make little sense to other than the owner of those thoughts. It's important to get the words out while the muse is still present, but editing with a fresh mind is equally important if any sense is to be made of them by the reader.
If you're such a writer, feverishly dipping your pen or banging the keys to get ideas on paper or screen before they've vanished, make sure to schedule time for a clean edit before being faced with a looming deadline. If you're too close to the piece, enlist a fellow writer to give it the once-over before submitting for publication. Once your words are out there they can never be fully retrieved, so taking the time now to clean them up is far better than being forever thought of as a babbling idiot.