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!

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

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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), 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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