NaNoWriMo and a note to writers about process
During NaNoWriMo, it’s pretty common to see people who doubt that they can write, because they are struggling with NaNo. I love the event and it works well for the way my brain is wired. It’s not for everybody. Just because I work better with a deadline doesn’t mean you will.
I’ve also seen people slamming NaNo because it doesn’t work for them. Just because it doesn’t work for you, doesn’t make those writers that enjoy it wrong.
But really, this is true of every writing process under the sun. So here is the most important thing I can say to you about process from one writer to another.
DO NOT COMPARE YOUR PROCESS TO ANOTHER WRITER’S.
Everybody’s brain is wired differently. The process does not matter. Only the end result matters.
If you work best solving things in outline before you get there, great! If you work best by discovering your story and then tossing the manuscript and writing an entirely new draft? Great! Try a bunch of different things. Figure out how your brain works best.
But do not judge your success as a writer by comparing your process to another writer’s.
Your audience will never see your process. They won’t see your mistakes and stumbles or any of that. All they will see is the finished book. Your process does not matter to them. Only the end result matters.
So if NaNo works as well for you as it does for me? Go forth and write like the wind this month. And if it doesn’t? Go forth and write in whatever manner works well for you.
JUST DO NOT COMPARE YOUR PROCESS TO ANOTHER WRITER’S.