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I haven't started either!

My genre is one that sounds like fun (crime caper), but I have absolutely zero experience reading or writing it, so I'm a little lost. I've always wanted to write lighthearted stuff, but I'm neither funny nor clever so I'm having a terrible time coming up with a plot! 

My goal is to be done my first draft by 3pm PST, so we'll see what happens. 

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Originally posted by timmytimtimothy timmytimtimothy wrote:

After leaving both previous rounds to the Sunday afternoon / evening to start writing, I planned on doing it right this time around and giving myself the full two days. 

Enter: oddball prompts + an unthinking mind and here I am, only just typing an opening line Geek

Are there any fellow strugglers out there? Can I get a 'You've got this!'?

Hope you've all churned out some magic!

YOU'VE GOT THIS! 

That message is directed at both of us. I have a terrible first draft and am choking on the rewrite. Which is why I'm here procrastinating on the forums instead of editing. 

Good luck.
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I'm squarely in the middle of "I don't know what to do-ville." 

I hammered out a story last night and was fairly pleased with it, though it's in my least favorite genre--spy. 

Got up this morning, sent it off to my circle of betas, and IT WAS UNIVERSALLY HATED. Hahahahaha! No idea what to do now. Scrap it and start over? Submit it anyway? Drink heavily? Sigh. 
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Seven hours to the deadline and not only have I not started, I still cannot for the life of me come up with a compelling, non-clichéd idea. I guess pretty soon I'm going to have to just throw something together for the sake of submitting something.
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Originally posted by ophelialit74 ophelialit74 wrote:

I'm squarely in the middle of "I don't know what to do-ville." 

I hammered out a story last night and was fairly pleased with it, though it's in my least favorite genre--spy. 

Got up this morning, sent it off to my circle of betas, and IT WAS UNIVERSALLY HATED. Hahahahaha! No idea what to do now. Scrap it and start over? Submit it anyway? Drink heavily? Sigh. 

Oh no!! Why was it hated? Is it at all salvageable or do they just hate the whole idea?
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Originally posted by cheddarbaked cheddarbaked wrote:

Seven hours to the deadline and not only have I not started, I still cannot for the life of me come up with a compelling, non-clichéd idea. I guess pretty soon I'm going to have to just throw something together for the sake of submitting something.

I had this problem and ended up getting some inspiration from a real story in a newspaper. Maybe search a keyword (your object?) in some news archives if you're really stuck?
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T-minus 6 hours and 20 mins, legends. 

You can all do this. My self-imposed midnight (UK) deadline is looming large and I'm still not finished. 

Won't be surprised if it goes right to the wire. 

@rthomas - that song has both pumped me up and cracked me up. What a classic! 

Go team!!!
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I only now have a freaking first draft. This weekend has been so weird, and I only got started mid morning. Now I’m at the mercy of the beta spreadsheet to see if anyone can do a late-stage read for me! AHHHHHH. This is NOT what I wanted this round to be like! 😩
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Originally posted by KelsNotChels KelsNotChels wrote:

I only now have a freaking first draft. This weekend has been so weird, and I only got started mid morning. Now I’m at the mercy of the beta spreadsheet to see if anyone can do a late-stage read for me! AHHHHHH. This is NOT what I wanted this round to be like! 😩

Oh no! How are you getting on with it now?

I'm just working through my draft. Hoping to submit in an hour and then BED!
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