Welcome to Week 6 of More Than A Guilty Pleasure: Act 2, Part 2-Crafting the DARK MOMENT

Welcome to Week 6 of More Than A Guilty Pleasure! This week, we careen towards the DARK MOMENT.

This is the most difficult and critical part of the novel. I mean, if we can make such generalizations. What’s more important, after all, the heart or the lungs, if you need both to live? Unless you have a hook and a killer Inciting Incident and a strong Act 1–you won’t get the reader to stay with you until Act 2… But it is Act 2 and the DARK MOMENT that will determine whether or not your reader remembers your book. They might forget the details of the ending. They might forget how you got your people into the mess in the first place. But if you do it right, they will never forget the Dark Moment.

I’ve got all sorts of construction-destructions metaphors happening this week, but here, I’ll tell you what the gold of this week’s session is:

This is as metaphysical and metaphorical as I get… all the rest is practical instructions. 😉

Ok, one more favourite slide from this week. This is what being in the middle of Act 2 feels like:

Don’t worry. We’ll get out of there. Promise.

See you in class!


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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