From Writer to Bum?

Terry Pratchett once said, “When you finish a novel, you are no longer a writer.  You have written, and now you’re just a bum.”

I suppose, if that’s true, then I have become a bum, because after a year of writing I have finally completed a draft of my fantasy novel, Children of the End.  It will be a while before I’m finished editing it, but editing isn’t quite the same as writing, or at least I have to tell myself that to keep moving forward.

I’ve also recently finished writing and editing a new comic story for the great guys at Ink & Drink Comics.  You can find out more about that particular project from my earlier post here, but suffice to say it turned out better than I even dared to dream.  My partner on this project, Christina “Steenz” Stewart (here’s her deviantart page) has done some amazing work and I couldn’t be happier to have been able to work with her.

However, all of this leaves me with one question: does finishing two writing projects make me twice the bum?  I’m really not sure and I’m almost afraid of the answer, so to try to remedy this situation I have decided to undertake a new project.  A new novel in a new genre with new ideas and characters.  To be honest, it’s both thrilling and a little intimidating, but that feeling is half the reason I started writing in the first place.  I’m going to be sparse on the details for now, but I will say I’m going to dabble a bit with some steampunk elements.  Should be interesting.

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