Alright, no, it isn’t, but I’ve been writing tabletop role-playing games professionally since 2000 and full time since Jan 1st 2004. They say a change is as good as a rest and that seems to be true. Writing stories is different, invigorating and in many ways, I find, less complicated than writing a game. It flows so much easier despite all my misgivings about my talent and my ability to write in long form (I much prefer short stories).
Still, in a little bit less than a week of writing my fiction full-on I’ve written about 1/6th of my first full length novel ‘Old Fat Punks’. It’s a big departure for me from what I normally do. It’s long form, dialogue heavy, my first proper novel and it’s neither genre fic, nor erotica which are the two fields in which I’m already published.
That’s the other thing I find, I just like writing. The genre etc doesn’t matter so much to me, I just like to write. Is that odd? Might be counter-productive given how writers tend to get pigeon-holed and how people like to see an author as one thing or the other.
If I could only get more people to buy my short stories I might feel a bit more confident about the novel, but at least writing it is coming along OK.
Not sure what to do on this blog at the moment though, maybe I could talk about the book a bit as I write it. The characters, the motivations, what the story is about. That might drum up a little interest.