No, I didn’t participate this year, just as I didn’t in the last two years as well. But last night while trying to fall asleep, I was thinking about it. And I had a rather…uncomfortable revelation.
I can remember my first NaNo project. I can remember the storyline, the characters, how the style kinda sorta changed somewhere between the first quarter and the rest of the book.
I can remember my second NaNo project. Again, characters, story, even dialogue. I remember how that one was more mapped out before I began, and how that started to bite me when I was going through the storyline and running out of words. Had to invent a few diversions to pad it out.
I cannot for the life of me remember anything about my third and (so far) final project. Nothing. Not a damned thing. Out of curiosity, I logged into my NaNo account, but of course I’d forgotten that they don’t keep info for previous years. I looked over my entries for that year and of course I divulged nothing of plot, character, or dialogue. Interestingly, I did seem to think the piece was working well.
I’m sure I have the piece somewhere, and should I find it, I’ll instantly remember the details. But it does give me pause in thinking about my writing abilities. When even I can’t remember it, it must not have been terribly good.