Today is the fifth Tuesday of the month, which means that my answer to this heartfelt letter is available exclusively to my Patreon patrons.
If you're feeling the urge to go back and fix (or despair over) what you've written already, and if it's getting in the way of powering on toward your goal and your deadline, this post is for you.
Do your best to get away from "I should be able to do this" and bluntly examine whether it's a good idea for you to do this.
I spent several years as a medical journalist. Here are some tricks I learned for writing long pieces on tight deadlines without keeling over from stress.
Go ahead, write! You're a writer! Enjoy it! Your book is a mess and that's fine! Many perfectly lovely books start out as messes. Keep on going until you finish your mess.
In an emotionally challenging situation, you will have to look at how your big feelings interact with your writing, and decide whether that merits adjusting your approach.
The best editors act as therapists and teachers too; like therapy and education, being edited can be emotionally difficult and a challenge to your skills, but if you bring your A-game and ditch your ego, you'll get a whole lot out of it.
Workplaces and schools make accommodations for people with disabilities so that we can reach the same level of achievement as anyone else. When you're doing NaNo, you're the one in charge, so it's up to you to make those accommodations for yourself.
What makes an original work original isn't that it exists in a vacuum, because no work exists in a vacuum. It's that you layer originality in with the elements that respond to the canon, the genre, and the world.