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The “Rock Bottom” moment in your story is a huge opportunity to reinforce themes and values.

As you move through the manuscript, you’ll soon reach Rock Bottom. This is your chance to show the reader what’s truly most important to your protagonist.

ASSIGNMENT: Write for one hour.

If you’ve been working up to an hour, now is the time to kick it the rest of the way. Write for a full hour today, and every day moving forward in the challenge.

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