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The Turkey Is Done

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I’m not here today because I have scheduled this post to run while I am out doing sadistic things to my family.

Wait. No. That was my characters last week. I’m sure I’m enjoying my family today and hope you are enjoying yours as well.

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Act 3/When it hits the fan

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Just when you thought your story might draw to a sweet conclusion a little too early, it’s time to throw a wrench in it and drag it out for one more act.

Act Three. It is time to be mean to your characters.

Maybe one of them has been keeping a secret that comes to light, making the other one question his or her feelings.

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Finish writing Act II

It's time to wrap up Act II and get ready to write Act III.

It’s time to wrap up Act II and get ready to write Act III.

By now, you should have just about completed the middle third of your novel. It’s time to wrap up Act Two and set the scene for Act Three.

Writing assignment

Write a scene in which your characters admit that they like one another and are interested in maybe starting a relationship. Read the rest of this page »

2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: It’s time to write a sex scene!

Did you hit 25,000 words by the end of the day yesterday? If so, great work! It’s time to reward yourself by writing something fun.

Writing assignment

Write a sex scene. Read the rest of this page »

Why do you think bad things happen to good people?

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Sometimes bad things happen to good people to make them better people.

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Act 2 Scene Assignment 5

Without backtracking and reading anything you have written up to today, think about any plot holes that you might have in your story at the moment. Make a list of additional scenes that you could write to fill these holes.

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Act 2 Scene Assignment 4

Write a scene in which other characters begin to comment on the feelings that they see developing between the hero and heroine. At this point, your characters will likely still deny that there is anything going on between the two of them.

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Act 2 Scene Assignment 3

Write a scene in which your hero and heroine need to cooperate to get something done. Maybe they will decide to be friends or at least come to an agreement to be civil to one another until the task is complete.

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Act 2 Scene Assignment 2

Write a scene that puts your hero and heroine in close proximity with one another where they get to touch each other. How much is up to you, but maybe hold off on actually letting them “do the deed” for the time being. Use this as an opportunity to build the tension.

 

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2014 NaNoWriMo Trashy Romance Challenge: Week 2/Act 2

Do your hero and heroine now hate each other on the surface while secretly wanting to jump into bed with each other? If so, great work! Now you’re ready to begin writing Act Two of your trashy romance novel. For the next few days, I will give you brief scene ideas to keep you moving and hopefully keep your middle from sagging. Here’s the first:

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