I finished! I won! I was so afraid that I wouldn't complete this task that I really knuckled down and pressed onward toward the end. It helped that as I neared the middle of my story, I picked up steam and the story wrote itself. The momentum was incredible. Then just when I thought I had peaked to early, I added some more characters who fleshed out the story even better than I hoped. They moved the story on to its conclusion. And then I was done.
I didn't realize how tired I was until yesterday. I had decided to take the day and just kick back. I needed to do that more than I knew. I felt lousy all day yesterday. I really thought I was coming down with the flu. I was achy, nauseous and just felt rotten. By the time bedtime rolled around, I was sure that I was going to be up all night camped out in the bathroom. Instead, I slept well and woke up with tons of energy. Apparently I was just exhausted.
Now that I have the story down, it's time to move on to the polishing of the story through research, rewrite, and whatever else. I can upload my novel beginning on Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day) and then I can collect my winner's goodies. I'm not sure what all that involves but I know there is a certificate. And that's my main focus. I intend to frame it and hang it on my wall.
I DID IT! YES, I CAN!