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February 28, 2018

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

by Ryan

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

Conclusion

Ryan


Ryan M. Williams lives a double life as a full-time career librarian and a multi-genre writer with over twenty books. He writes across a range of genres including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, mystery, horror, and romance. He earned a Master of Arts degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose University. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Pocket Books, WMG Publishing, and in On Spec Magazine.

Ryan M. Williams

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