Wow, what a battle.
At one point, I was behind by about five thousand words on top of what I needed to deliver each day. That’s a big deficit to come back from, but I did it. Yesterday was especially good for me, having written over four thousand words then alone.
I was able to come back from being behind through raw determination, stubbornness, and a will to succeed. Those things are good to have in a writer and everything I’ve ever heard says determination can take a writer further than talent alone.
I wrote about many things in Tesseract. I finished by having my protagonists figure out how to translate an alien language–the inciting incident of the novel. I have to also give credit to a scene I wrote on Thanksgiving where my villain did something so unforgivable, I will surely get hate mail about it. Greg Stillson kicks a dog to death in The Dead Zone, Alindra Vordrinn eats an alien baby in Tesseract.
All things considered, I was lucky to get through it all. I fell behind on the twelfth and didn’t get ahead again until yesterday, the twenty-ninth. I did the bulk of this year’s contest from behind, but I still did it. I still won.
Now, I need to apply that never-give-up attitude to some query letters.