The hard parts of writing, part two: The acknowledgments

I’ve written two novels, and I’m about to start on my third. Hundreds of thousands of words, and I’m brought up short by this? The acknowledgments page? Wow, didn’t see that one coming.

There are definitely worse problems to have, but it’s giving me a headache. Part of the problem is trying to make sure that the acknowledgments don’t turn into a novella on their own. I have so many people that I want to thank, and for so many different reasons. I don’t want to make the acknowledgments too long, but I also don’t want to just make it a list of names. “Thank you person one, person two, person three,” etc. That’s no fun.

The more involved problem, for me, is figuring out who to list in what order. (I have quite a bit more respect for people who make acceptance speeches now.) Funnily enough, the people who have told me they don’t care if they’re even mentioned in the acknowledgments are the people I want to put highest on the list.

But, I do have a few people who are going to be listed together, in the same paragraph or sentence, so I have to pick which name goes first. For example, my neighbors. Those guys are awesome, but I know what’s going to happen: the one who’s listed first is going to say that he’s the favorite, and the one who’s listed second is never, ever, going to let me live it down. {Trying to pick which of them to put first is kind of like someone asking me which of my children I love more. I can’t answer that, because I love them equally. I really wish my neighbors had the same first name. I could just put the name in twice and let them argue among themselves about which one of them I actually put first!}

I’m done complaining. Thanks for letting me vent. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go flip a few coins.

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