How to Write, Finish, and Submit a Story in a Single Day

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Challenge: Write and Submit a Short Story in the Next 4 Hours

Here's the challenge: write a complete 3,000-word short story from idea to finished copy and submit it to a professional market within the next four hours. I've created this guide to help you succeed with the challenge. Have fun!

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30 minutes | Writing Your Opening Scene | 0 to ~500 words

5 minutes | Take a Break

Next 30 minutes | Complicating Your Character's Life | ~500 to 1,000 words

5 minutes | Take a Break

30 minutes | Things Get Worse | ~1,000 to 1,500 words

5 minutes | Take a Break

30 minutes | The Situation Turns Dire | ~1,500 to 2,000 words

5 minutes | Take a Break

30 minutes | Final Attempt | ~2,000 to 2,500 words

5 minutes | Take a Break

30 minutes | Resolution and Validation | ~2,500 to 3,000 words

5 minutes | Take a Break

30 minutes | Clean Up and Submission

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