NaNoWriMo 2010

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.