Having a good memory is a curse.
My Mom was blessed with a not-as-good-memory. She often tells me how she wishes she could remember stuff the I can: phone numbers, song lyrics, birthdays, people's names...
But as a writer, I'd prefer to not remember a thing.
They it takes about two days for your mind to fully detach from a piece of writing - to forget what was written - so that the writer might look upon it with fresh eyes. But, with a good memory, this time is doubled if not tripled.
I memorize what I write as I write it; the rhythm of the words, everything.
I would much rather forget.
Once I had finished my book (Enslaved) the program I had used to help me write it suggested that I wait about a week to detach my mind from the story, thus editing it more objectively. They pushed for three weeks (I didn't have the time - the deadline was in two); but they said one week should be fine.
But, for me, it wasn't.
I was shocked at myself as I went back to read over my novel. 350 pages, and I had it all practically memorized.
How this hurt me during the editing process, I don't know. I haven't read my novel since then - have hardly looked at it. Hopefully, with time, I'll forget most of what I wrote, and be able to bare the sight of my words.
Does this happen to anyone else? Or am I the only writer who prays for a bad memory, when it comes to my writing?
Though, I suppose, if I had a bad memory, I might forget to write at all.