More Than a Guilty Pleasure: Week 1, Day 6 #WritingPrompt #amwritingromance


Everybody knew Cupid had a sick sense of humor…

Beginners: Write for 15 minutes.

Intermediate: Write for 40 minutes.

Advanced: For days 4, 5, 6: Look at your times & word counts from days 1, 2, and 3. Estimate when you think your natural break will be–write to stop just before that. (EDGING!)


  • Start timer or set number of pages you’re writing towards (Beginners, use timer as discussed in class).
  • Write–no going back, deleting or revising. WRITE FORWARD.
  • No re-reading your work or showing it to anyone after you’ve written it. This is for your eyes only.
  • Stop. No, you can’t write more. The repeat comes the next day. THIS IS EDGING.

SLIDE DECK + READING LIST from Week 1 (FULL, Password Protected–Password Given in Class)


I’m teaching this course:

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

Learn to seduce a reader from the first sentence through to the heart-thumping, breath-taking, you-knew-it-was-coming-but-not-this-way! happy ending.  Motivated students will be given the structure and support to complete a first draft of a romance novel by week 8; beginning students will learn how to play with tropes, tension, pacing, climaxes (dramatic and other), dialogue, and character development.

If you’re not in the course, you can still do the writing prompts with us for the next three weeks. 🙂





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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