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    Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 2:13am
Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

Originally posted by jhardycarroll jhardycarroll wrote:

I thought about what I wanted to do on Thursday night, did some research on Friday, did a draft Saturday, and polished yesterday. First pass is the structure (written longhand), next pass the rhythm and details, then the character arc. The last few hours are tinkering with word count. It's really hard to write a decent story of that length in such a short amount of time. This is great prompt...sort of like an infamous crossfit workout that everybody dreads.

That’s a good process for this... unfortunately I had commitments and couldn’t even start the writing until Sunday morning... and time I should’ve spent refining important story elements, I was instead trying to cut words.. and of course the next morning I thought of two things I should’ve done to help build tension... frustrating, but that’s what makes these contests challenging! And fun

It's unfortunate when life gets in the way! I just checked the dates again for Round 3 (just in case!) and realised that for me they land at 5am at the start of two days of training so I'll literally be writing it in bed after some very long physical days 😵
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Originally posted by jhardycarroll jhardycarroll wrote:

I thought about what I wanted to do on Thursday night, did some research on Friday, did a draft Saturday, and polished yesterday. First pass is the structure (written longhand), next pass the rhythm and details, then the character arc. The last few hours are tinkering with word count. It's really hard to write a decent story of that length in such a short amount of time. This is great prompt...sort of like an infamous crossfit workout that everybody dreads.

That’s a good process for this... unfortunately I had commitments and couldn’t even start the writing until Sunday morning... and time I should’ve spent refining important story elements, I was instead trying to cut words.. and of course the next morning I thought of two things I should’ve done to help build tension... frustrating, but that’s what makes these contests challenging! And fun
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I thought about what I wanted to do on Thursday night, did some research on Friday, did a draft Saturday, and polished yesterday. First pass is the structure (written longhand), next pass the rhythm and details, then the character arc. The last few hours are tinkering with word count. It's really hard to write a decent story of that length in such a short amount of time. This is great prompt...sort of like an infamous crossfit workout that everybody dreads.
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Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by swilki swilki wrote:

Aaaand upon re-reading it before shutting down Word, I felt it was essential to add three words and had to scour the damn thing again looking for three words to sacrifice. 
That's it. It's over. I'm not looking at it again until after the deadline.

I usually find that when I'm dithering over three words, I'm actually done. 

Time to put your feet up and relax!


Or, alternately, dither with three words until the realization that nagging in the back of your head was the way it ended, and you really needed about 15 words to add the missing piece.

THEN kick up your feet and relax...  Tongue
This is too accurate; out of my head you!!! 
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That moment when you finish a story with minutes to spare...

This one was harder than the last ones, and I have definitely struggled with the first few drafts (all of them now deleted). I'm happy with my final one, even if it wasn't something I normally would have written. Still. I had a fun time, and that's what counts!


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Originally posted by salgal80 salgal80 wrote:

I’ve submitted. It’s time for a drink.
Mystery is hard the first time.
Add pristine as a subject and I’m fried.

Congrats, groupmate! I share your sentiments exactly. I might love mysteries, but they take a level of planning that is not part of whatever writing process I typically follow (I'll kid myself into thinking I have a process. Why not?)
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Congrats, groupmate! I share your sentiments exactly. I might love mysteries, but they take a level of planning that is not part of whatever writing process I typically follow (I'll kid myself into thinking I have a process. Why not?)
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Submitted. Whew!
Political Satire... really? Luckily I have been addicted to politics over the last five years, so I'm well versed. But I have never written, nor have I considered writing political satire (as much as I like Cobert and Kimmel). I kept it in the current time period, although I considered the 1700s at first.

It was difficult. Not sure I hit the mark but it's finished and my in-house beta readers liked it (they don't always like what I write), and offered content feedback which helped a lot. 

Keeping my fingers crossed. 


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Just finished. 2000 words. I have discovered that I love to read horror and I HATE to write it. Good challenge for the weekend I suppose. I can't believe I even came up with something. That's a win in and of itself for me. 
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Beta...readers?? f**k. That would have been helpful!!

Not that there would have been time for it. I submitted with an hour and nine minutes left...
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