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), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as 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. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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