From article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel published December 4, 2013
“There are planners and there are pantsers,” said Rachel Cross, one of the few who was able to parlay her experience at NaNoWriMo into a viable writing career. Planners work from an outline and generally know how their novel is going to end before they begin the process of writing. Pantsers work by “the seat of their pants,” i.e. they start with a character, an image, a scenario or sometimes just a line, and then they see where that takes them.
“I’m a planner, not a pantser,” said Cross. “I wrote the beginning and then the end, then I filled in the middle.”
Cross participated in NaNoWriMo in 2012 and by the end of November of that year had the rough draft of what would become “Rock Her,” a romance novel that was published in March 2013 by Crimson Romance. Since then, she’s written and published a follow-up novel, “Rock Him” and will have her third novel published in January.
“I had about 51,000 words by the end of November,” she said, “then I did a lot more work. But NaNoWriMo pushed me to get published. I might not have written anything without it.”