Justine: The (Kick in the Pants I Needed) Dream

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We all need a swift kick in the pants at some point in our career.

I’ve always been jealous of Nancy and Kat and the other Eight Ladies who can go to bed thinking about their story and actually dream up things that will happen. I hardly ever remember my dreams.

Until last night.

Yesterday afternoon, I read the latest issue of RWA’s Romance Writer’s Report (our industry trade journal). In the Sold! column was a little blurb about a writer I met at RWA last July who has signed a 3-book deal with St. Martin’s Press. She and I were both finalists in the Beau Monde’s Royal Ascot (a contest for us Regency writers).

Last night, in my dream, I was sitting with one of the Eight Ladies (I can’t remember who) and some famous, published author (again, I can’t remember who). I don’t even remember where we were. I’ve never been good on details in my dreams. Anyway, I mentioned my colleague’s success and both the Eight Lady and the Famous Writer offered their congratulations in the form of, “Oh, good for her,” and “Very well done.”

Keeping my eyes on my hands, which were folded in my lap, I offered a half-hearted “Yeah, it’s great.” The Famous Writer turned to me and asked what was wrong. With a careless shrug of my shoulders, I told her that I was very happy for my colleague, but was slightly bummed that it wasn’t me who was signing the 3-book deal with SMP.

The Famous Writer leaned in, her face right in mine, and without even blinking, said four very important words:

“Finish the damn book.”

So that’s what I’m off doing.

I wish all of you a warm, bright, and happy holiday.

9 thoughts on “Justine: The (Kick in the Pants I Needed) Dream

  1. The thing I love most about hearing that someone I met somewhere got a three-book deal is that I know that if she can do it, I can do it. It’s a tremendously hopeful, optimistic thing. People we meet all the time get multiple book contracts and develop careers! We can, too! How great is that? Now, just finish the damn book!

  2. Yep, that’s key (I’m right there with you, Justine). Here’s how I look at the time thing: the longer it takes me, the better my (your) book will be. When I look back at the draft I had last year, I see enormous progress. I now have a solid idea for the next two because I’ve invested so much in this one (as you do, so our next books will go much faster). We’re learning, getting better, and when we do finish our books, we’ll have something of which to be proud.

    It’s going to happen for both of us in 2015, Justine!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New “Writing” Year!

    • There’s a very fine line between taking time to make it good and working on making it so good that you never finish. I, too, have made enormous progress since last year, but I also finished my first draft last year. It’s time to get this done.

      I’m really hopeful the next book goes faster. If it takes me years to slog through each one, I’m not sure I can make it.

  3. LOL, my subconscious is also very vague and roundabout. I wonder if I abuse it too much, so it fears to say anything to me directly — it prefers a metaphor under an enigma under a totally irrelevant partidge in a pear tree (-:.

    So cool that yours decided to TALK to you. So cool that you are taking your Girl’s advice!

    Happy writing, Justine!

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