Guest Post: If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing
Please welcome F.M. Boughon, who’s currently doing a Blog Tour for their new release: Cinderella, Necromancer.
Thanks to Chapter by Chapter for inviting me for such a wonderful opportunity.
Cinderella, Necromancer is Chime meets Anna Dressed in Blood and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival. But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
I’m not the kind of person who does anything halfway. When I decided that I was going to buckle down and finally take this writing thing seriously, I dove in head-first. I read all the writing blogs, researched agents and publishers, bought those massive Writer’s Digest tomes with all the market listings for each year, and took as many classes on writing as I could possibly afford and fit into my schedule.
I followed industry people on social media. I went to conferences. I joined writing groups!
But you know what I didn’t do?
I didn’t finish a book.
Here’s the thing. It’s all well and good to do your research, and I’d argue that it’s an imperative part of the process! You need to do due diligence with anything you commit to, whether that’s a career decision or your new blender. Let’s face it, who buys a blender these days without reading at least a few online reviews of how the models you’re interested in perform? Or if you love makeup, for example, you probably check whether your favorite guru has posted a YouTube review of a particular foundation or lipstick. So why wouldn’t you do your due diligence with your writing aspirations? It’s critical!
But what’s even more critical is actually writing the darn book.
You can’t make those career aspirations into a reality if you never write “the end.” You can’t make use of all that information you’ve gleaned, all those writing lessons you’ve learned, if you don’t ever get to the end of the story.
I spent many years Not Finishing A Book, but getting Very Smart About The Industry. What I should have been doing was striking a much better balance, and putting the book first! After all, if you don’t have a book finished, all that information about agents and editors and publishers is for naught.
So, Past!Faith, finish the book! Keep writing until you get to the end of the story! And once you’ve finished that, come back and spend time scrolling through social media for industry news.
…or at least wait until you’ve made your daily word count.
Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan is out September 5, 2017, published by Month9Books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.