More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Week 2, Day 13 #writingprompt

(Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Yes, it’s still Week 2, because we don’t have a class this week. And, before we switch to Week 3, you will have 21 days of writing prompts.So Week 2 is two weeks long AND has 21 days. Writer math. Ha ha.)


He was going to break her heart. She knew it.

RULES (for everyone)

  • Write–no going back, deleting or revising. WRITE FORWARD.
  • No re-reading your work or showing it to anyone after you’ve written it. This is for your eyes only.
  • Write to a natural ending. Stop. No, you can’t write more. The repeat comes the next day.

RULES (for More Than A Guilty Pleasure Class)

  • This is process, not product. You are getting to know your characters… but you’re still writing for your eyes only.
  • Each day, you’re writing a SCENE. Scenes have a beginning, middle, and end, and a PURPOSE.
  • Write badly. Floridly. Fearlessly. Break all the rules. 😉 Including all and any I’ve given you in class.

SLIDE DECK + READING LIST from Week 2 (FULL, Password Protected–Password Given in Class)


I’m teaching this course:

More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Mastering the Romance Novel Form to Tell the Perfect Story

Learn to seduce a reader from the first sentence through to the heart-thumping, breath-taking, you-knew-it-was-coming-but-not-this-way! happy ending.  Motivated students will be given the structure and support to complete a first draft of a romance novel by week 8; beginning students will learn how to play with tropes, tension, pacing, climaxes (dramatic and other), dialogue, and character development.

Registration is now closed, alas, but, if you’re in Calgary, you can still register for THIS WORKSHOP:

Writing Erotica: a filthy flirty workshop for the bold and the shy alike

Whether you love to write dirty, wish you could (but you can’t, OMG, how do people even think such things!!), or wonder what the heck’s wrong with authors who do, this workshop will help you apply the tools and rules that make for good, effective “can’t stop turning the pages” erotica to all of your writing. The workshop Includes some Freefall-style writing exercises to seduce your inner muse, ruthless editing tips, and guidelines on how to beta-read and critique steamy sex scenes.

Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society @ cSpace, 1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary AB
Sat, October 13, 10-3:30 pm



I promise to be scintillating and only a little embarrassing.

All genders welcome; queer and trans friendly space.

All genres welcome: good erotica is the HARDEST thing to write. Really. The exercises and techniques I will share with you will help you make your writing stronger no matter what you usually write.

As to heat levels–well, we will be talking about how to write about sex. So. There’s kinda no getting away from that.

And I’m not clinical. 😉

Still. I think you’ll enjoy.

See you on the 13th?





About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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  1. Pingback: How & Why To Use Writing Prompts #writingprompts #writersos #dirtywritingsecrets | m jane colette

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