Hands-on learning is far more important than hearing someone else’s experiences.
Just like it’s easier to learn to knit with yarn and knitting needles in-hand than reading about the process or even watching a video; it’s easier to find your most productive writing process through trial and error.
Steven R. Southard has the second in his How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci series up on his blog, Poseidon’s Scribe. It’s an interesting take on da Vinci’s thinking and how to apply it to writing.
I recommend taking a look at this post which encourages writers to not trust Wikipedia and other peoples’ experiences, but to try things out for themselves. Or as Southard puts it: “test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.” Here’s the link to the article for your reading pleasure.