Finish the F*#@! Story
Authors don't have alot of obligations. Write a well-told story, create memorable characters, meet your deadlines, and try to spell all the words right.
The one obligation we do have is to the readers. If not for readers our work would just sit in a drawer never seeing the light of day. So, when an author creates a fan base of readers for their work it is imperative that they finish the fucking story!
There are name authors out there, I mean BIG name authors, who are dicking around in Hollywood or on other projects and not completing the series of novels they started that enraptured thousands of readers and spawned successful TV series (you know who I'm talking about).
Some would say that is the perogative of the author and the story will be finished when they are ready to do so. I call bullshit on that. I'm an author with a busy life too but I'll be damned if I'm going to start a series and not finish writing it for over ten years!
I'll give you a reason why. Currently, I'm in the middle of writing the sequel to my novel Rayna the Dragonslayer. It's moving slow because I've had some stuff in my personal life come undone. But I'm still working on it. While I'm writing the other day I got a message from a reader telling me how much they enjoyed book 1 in A Time of Dragons and if there are more they could read.
It actually pained me to say the book isn't available yet. But, it also lit a fire under my ass to finish. You see, there are people counting on authors to tell their tales. No one else can do it for them. If you start putting your vision down on paper it is imperative that you finish it in a timely manner. Otherwise, those readers who it took time to grow into fans are going to hate you for it!
Why would you alienate the people you are writing for? Unless you really don't give a shit anymore. I give a shit and I'll prove it by finishing my novel when I said my deadline was. That means I'll have Rayna the Dragon Warrior on book shelves by October 2023.
Now that the deadline is in place, I don't dare miss it!
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"Original Cyn" Cynthia Vespia writes fantasy novels with edge. This blog is dedicated to all things fantasy, writer wellness, and my author journey.