Welcome to Week 5 of More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Act 2, Avoiding the Saggy Middle

Welcome to Week 5 of More Than A Guilty Pleasure! Yesterday, the class got to come… er… you see, what I’ve been doing, is I’ve been teaching them edging… um… well, we can cover that here another day. Anyway, today we start Act 2, and the most important thing about Act 2 is that it builds towards THE DARK MOMENT (which we’ll be dissecting next week) and the second most important thing about Act is is knowing how to avoid the saggy middle.

So avoiding the saggy middle is really, really, really EASY. The theme for today’s class, in some ways, is that Elmore Leonard is God. And God said, back in 1983:

And, um… you know, it really is as simple as that. But we can make it more complicated.

We can make ANYTHING more complicated.

Still. In the end, I’ll give you tonight’s “spoiler” or key take away. Part of learning your craft is getting to this point:

… and of course, I throw in a caveat. Just to make it complicated.

Ok. Be good. Be naughty. Write. Read. (Unless you’re in my class. They weren’t allowed to read last week, and I haven’t decided if I’ll release them this week…)


SLIDE DECKS for class participants (sorry, kittens, they’re password protected)







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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