Writing is hard. At least it's hard for me. I love the flow of it, once I get there. I love going where the characters lead - especially when I don't know that the path I've set them on is the right one.
Invariably (so far) I have to rewrite my first few chapters. Rarely am I right about what makes an amorphous story idea great at the beginning of the first draft.
Deadlines help. They help me get out of my head and just write. That's when the magic happens. Words get written. Stories evolve.
I am a better writer when I write every day - even if what I've written is only one page. I don't know why that's true - maybe because the story stays alive inside me when i write each day.
However you write, whatever your process, it's the writing and the resulting story that matter.
I'm thankful for NaNo. Not because I follow the rules, I don't, but because it forces me to just sit and write.
Happy writing. Happy Thanksgiving
May your November be filled with joy, productivity, and writing (or reading or both).