Midsummer Retelling Stand Alone #ROW80 Dream

Last night I had a dream that I was at an indie author convention and all of my writer friends were there. (I would die if this were ever really a thing. I have so many writer friends that I would love to meet in person!) After some hilarious antics involving a bee in my iced coffee cup and not being able to find the correct elevator that led me to my personal slot machine room, we all settled into a ballroom for the awards ceremony.

Lots of friends won awards and I was a little bummed. I knew I hadn’t won anything because I hadn’t put out a new novel since 2011 and no one was reading my short stories.

Then Vicki Keire suggested that I write a stand alone retelling of a Shakespearean play.

That’s when I woke up.

And realized that I have notes for a stand alone novel that’s a modern retelling of a classic.

Was the dream a sign? Is THIS what I should be working on?

Or, am I just freaking out?

I’m just freaking out, even in my sleep, apparently. I’ve got an overwhelming number of projects that I need to finish. Not that any of them have a deadline – apart from the one that I’ve made for myself that consists of GET MORE WORK OUT FASTER.

I’ve tried prioritizing works by projected release dates. I’ve tried daily and weekly word count, timing myself, writing for two hours a day, one hour a day, four thirty-minute intervals.

Blah, none of it works for me.

I need for writing to be fun again. That’s what works.

Therefore, my goals for this ROWnd are:

1. Write something every day. On any of the WIP’s, however much I get done, I get done. Eventually, one of them will be finished.

2. Stop reading reviews (I’m really close to doing this already.)

3. Check sales numbers once a week on Sunday morning. (The withdrawal is going to be a bitch. Ha!)

4. Always check-in on Sunday and try to check in on Wednesday.

That’s it!

Now I’m off to see what I can do with my new time travel short story, since I worked on Found several times this past week.

Happy writing!


Author: Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace is the author of The Retroact Saga, Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. Her latest novel, Her Other Life, is a stand-alone novel of magical realism.

8 thoughts

  1. I’m sorry I’m haunting your dreams! Although that’s a good idea… Shakespeare… I certainly think you’re up to it. My vote is Romeo and Juliet. It’s my second favorite Shakespeare after the Tempest, which I just don’t think would translate well into novels. But what do I know?
    Hope you found your slot machine room!
    I like the goal of writing every day. I always feel better on the days when I write. I get cranky when I go for long periods of time without writing, deadlines or no.

  2. No, it was good you were in my dream. We got to hang out. 🙂 I vote for R & J too, although my fave is King Lear. Perhaps I’ll get to that after the other five things I’m working on!

    I definitely feel better about myself when I write, so having to write something every day, but not forcing myself to do a specific word count or time limit should be good for me.

  3. What an awesome dream! I would so much like to meet fellow writers. So far, I have met Zoe Winters, Susan Bischoff, Kait Nolan, Andrew Mocete, and Jonathan Eli. Awesome people! Now, if I could only get out west and northwest, and….

    Stacey, I agree writing has to be fun. Many people have jobs they hate, so we certainly shouldn’t hate or dread a job that’s supposed to be our dream job. So you need to write what sounds fun to you right now. It sounds like you’re a bit burnt out, so relax and write a new twist on a Shakespeare tale. I had so much fun writing my short story that was based “loosely” on Beauty and the Beast. The words just came so easily. That’s when it’s fun. Go for it!

  4. Lauralynn – I can’t wait until next summer when I’m home in MO for my high school reunion. I’m planning on taking a trip east and south to meet a whole lot of you guys.

  5. If we’re voting for favorite Shakespeare, my favorite is Much Ado about Nothing. And second to that is Taming of the Shrew (Love the movie Kiss Me, Kate! -For obvious reasons.). I prefer the comedies over the tragedies myself.

    And don’t discount your dreams. Pretty much every story that I’ve ever written (except for my crazy Fantasy Western Romance short stories) has been from a dream. Dreams can be amazing inspiration!

    Good luck with your goals!

  6. I think you’re doing well enough, Stacey! I’m not even published yet and I feel like I’m not writing quickly enough! You indie folk have to do all the formatting, design, marketing, etc. too!

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