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My first draft was just over 300 words but I LOVE cutting things out. Editing is my favourite part. I cut the whole first paragraph. Obviously, then I realised that my action was in there, so had to slip it in somewhere else 😅

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first draft was 256 words.

spent an hour and a half editing and redrafting. got it to 249.

reread it and realised i'd forgotten my word!!!

reedited again, cut out words that didn't need to be in there and submitted at 239.
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First time I've written something so short, so I was pleased when my first draft was 258. Went up and down a fair bit with editing, and ended on exactly 250.
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The last challenge I entered was 100 words and made this one feel easier! You don't realize how thankful you are to be able to describe something and slow the story pace. I worked a 12 hour shift and in the middle I got to exactly 250, but I played with the ending and flirted between 249 and 251 for a few minutes. 

It's nice to write for something that isn't work.
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I had 279 on the first draft and wound up with 250 on the nose.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kristina_f Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Nov 2020 at 1:40pm
Originally posted by EMGardner EMGardner wrote:

My first draft was just over 300 words but I LOVE cutting things out.

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I am calling the cops on everybody who didn't submit exactly 250 words
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Originally posted by Paul Bee Paul Bee wrote:

I am calling the cops on everybody who didn't submit exactly 250 words

Right?! I make it a point to use EXACTLY 250 words.
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Wow 166 words only! Well done on managing to create such a compact story!
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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Fifty words is a fair amount, but hopefully not so much that you had to remove anything too important.

Between drafts I replaced several sentences entirely as well as a handful of words. They felt so essential until they were gone, and then I realized that they had huge added value for me as the writer, but probably minimal value for the majority of readers. In some cases the removals were a flat out improvement.

This is exactly me. I'm sure at first that every word is vital. Then as I start to remove or find better phrasing I realise I was just being precious and narrow minded! 
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