Writing Short Stories Fast | Write and Submit Your Story in a Single Day
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How to Write, Finish, and Submit a Story in a Single Day

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

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C. Auguste Dupin applies his considerable intellect to help librarian Penny Copper solve the murders in the Reed Moore Library!

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About the Author Ryan

Writer, librarian and illustrator, Ryan M. Williams, author of more than twenty novels, writes across a range of genres including fantasy, science fiction, romance, paranormal, and mystery. He earned an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose University. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Pocket Books, WMG Publishing, and in On Spec Magazine.

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