When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference between the first draft and the final. I write what feels right to begin with. I rarely make any major changes.
A writer writes. Period. No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
I'm still a fanboy geek. I always will be. In many ways, if my work still resonates with the audience, it's because I'm still writing from the point of view of the fan, so I'm geeked out constantly.
When I submitted samples, I had only written stories to give myself something to draw. I was told, "The art is good, but not quite professional yet. But, I like the writing." I've been a writer for almost a half a century. It's very cool.
I've always been the audience that I wanted to reach, so I write for myself.
When someone writes to tell me something I've written made them laugh or cry, I've done my job and done it well. The rest is all semantics.
I had never really thought of myself as a writer; any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
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