Every once in a while, I like to go back through my old writing. This time, I did it to get inspired. Either with a new idea or the motivation to revamp an old idea. Then I decided to start a list of my writing. My categories were: idea or started, some progress, substantial progress, and completed. About 90% of my old writing is fanfiction. And even if you combined a lot of it, it's still not novel length. But you have to start somewhere, right?
(I didn't track the fanfiction, in case you were wondering)
In the process of all this, I found this binder.
This is the TAKE A LITTLE RIDE master plan binder. There's a printed map of each state in a sheet protector. In with the map is the official state road map and any helpful information I may have found for the story.
Honest to God, I forgot I made the binder. How in the hell does a person forget something like that?! Okay, see that top map? It's dated 2009. Which would've been when the idea struck. That means TALR was my NaNoWriMo idea in either '09 or '10. I'd have to look it up to be sure. It reached it's final completed stage in '12, maybe. That's ridonkulous.
So you can understand a little better about what a writer puts into the actual writing process. Sometimes it's more than just pen to paper.