Justine: Make Your Dream Happen

Note: this is a repost, but very timely as I settle in for a week of intensive learning at Margie’s Lawson’s Immersion Master Class in the lower peaks of Colorado. The goal? Learn the craft and learn it well. So I can do what I dreamed about almost a year ago.

sleepingI’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.

5 thoughts on “Justine: Make Your Dream Happen

  1. Enjoy your immersion class. I would love to be able to get away and do something like that. I’m doing NaNo to push me towards Finishing The Damn Book. The words I’m getting on the page is just the first part. Editing comes after that. But I am discovering some great stuff about my story that I didn’t know was there. Yeah.

    • The deal with my husband is that I wouldn’t go to RWA next year, which is a fair trade off. I hope you are successful in your goals to finish the book. Isn’t it fun when you find new things about your book?!

  2. I can’t wait to hear all about your immersion class, Justine. I’d love to do it one day. I got back to my WIP for the first time in almost a month. It feels great to be back, but I’m in the early stages of the book, there are pieces of story jigsaw puzzle all over the place, and I need to develop some momentum. I have a long way to go before I even Finish the Damn First Draft.

    • Margie is considering doing an Immersion class in England. If she does, I’ll let you know. I’m two days in, at the start of Day 3, and it’s absolutely amazing!!

  3. I want to know more about the class, too! And, yeah, today’s post is a timely reminder. We all reach the point where we either do it or don’t do it. I made some progress toward finishing the darling book (I’m still in first draft mode, so I’m not swearing at it yet). So, I’m happy.

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