Welcome to Week 4 of More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Act 1, from Inciting Incident to First Climax

We are in Week 4 (five, if you count our class-less but prompt-full week) of the More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Mastering the Romance Novel Form to Tell the Perfect Story class, and this week, we drill into the do’s and don’ts of Act 1.

We’re going to talk about the star, the villain, and the principles that should drive a strong first act… and throw a hell of a lot of conventional wisdom out the window, because, it’s 2018, kittens, and your audience has the attention span of a… shiny thing!

Where were we?

I forget.

Did you remember?

It’s going to be a fun night tonight at More Than A Guilty Pleasure.

Class peeps, here are your resource materials:

Want a refresher?

 

WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT?

The writing prompts are part of a course that I’m teaching at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society through to November 19:

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

Registration is long closed, but you can follow the writing prompts and weekly summaries along (the list of the first 21 prompts is HERE).

Your next chance to catch me in person in Calgary is at one of the YYC Queer Writers meet-ups, or, on Thursday, November 22, when I deliver “The Healthy Writer” workshop for the Alberta Romance Writers Association.

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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 the just released 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.

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