Things I learned writing a Romantic Comedy in a week

If you follow my Instagram, you'll know I participated in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge last week. The basic concept is you have a week to write 2500 words, following an assigned genre, character, and theme. You compete against 31 other writers with the same assignment. If you place in the top 5, you move on to round 2 in March. You get another assignment, a shorter time limit, and a shorter story to write. Since I won't know whether I succeeded until March, I have plenty of time to obsess over the terrible story I wrote. I mean, to reflect on the lessons I learned in that week. The whole point of this kind of challenge is to...challenge yourself. A challenge is pointless if you don't learn anything from it, and I learned a lot from this one.

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