And they lived happily ever after: Day 5 of Act 3, #amwritingromance #morethanaguiltypleasure #happilyeverafter

Squee, MORE THAN A GUILTY PLEASURE! Can you feel it?

You know what? Today, you can run ahead. If you think you can finish this sucker today… do it. Nothing quite like the high of finishing ahead of deadline.

Now, all of you are writing M-F romance this week, so remember, your ruling principle:

(And second, and third, and fourth, and fifth. 🙂

Ah, multiple orgasms. Make sure your hero knows that’s a thing.)

Feeling stuck?


I don’t want to say that Act 3 is formulaic… but if you’ve done the Dark Moment properly… it is all downhill from here. Really.

No, I’m not saying revisit the Dark Moment. Not yet. Imagine that you’ve crafted the Dark Moment perfectly. Never mind your flawed execution.

(Of course it’s flawed. We’re sprinting through a shitty first draft. EVERYTHING sucks.)

If you’ve done your Dark Moment… Act 3 unfolds more or less like this:

You’re at beat 6 or 7 right now. Yeah?

Thought so.


Remember, your Homework for Week 7:

And baby, if you stay with me–you’re gonna have a complete shitty first draft done by next Wednesday. That’s the deal, right?

So. Go.


This week’s Slide Deck:

SLIDE DECK from Week 7  – Act 3: towards the HAPPILY EVER AFTER (live)

SPOTLIGHT ON: RIpped Bodice Diversity Report

Download full report here:


SLIDE DECK from Week 6 – Act 2, Part 2: crafting the DARK MOMENT (live)

SLIDE DECK from Week 5 (Password Protected)

SLIDE DECK from Week 4 (Password Protected)

SLIDE DECK from Week 3 (Password Protected)

SLIDE DECK + READING LIST from Week 2 (Password Protected)


Now write!


PS “WTF is this?” Support for my More Than A Guilty Pleasure class. Hush. Don’t disturb them. They’re writing Act 2.



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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