It’s official–For the fourth time, I have won the National Novel Writing contest with this year’s entry, Wolfgang Did. It was not the exhilarating joy of last year’s novel; for this one I had to fight for every word. I was seriously ill the first week of NaNo 2008, and still the writing made me happy. But it was a comedy about architects–what could be better?
This year was different. I struggled from the start, fell behind and griped a lot, as Greg and Jenn know only too well. Thanks to you two, and your constant check-ins, concern and encouragement, I got this done. I almost gave up this year. You are why I didn’t.
There’s good work in this book. The characters are enigmatic but alive, their predicament existentially unusual in the extreme. Part of the fun for me with NaNo is that you never see what’s coming, just pure, raw creativity splashed across the keyboard. Today, I was energized all day, giddy as I saw the word tallies climb, and I’m really proud right now.
Thanks, all of you, for all your good words and thoughts. It makes a difference. It did for Wolfgang.