I started writing soon after I could write my name and the alphabet and after a few years of learning some words. But, essentially, I have been writing forever. I published a newspaper for my sisters and made them buy it for a nickle: lots of articles on how to be a better sister. And the weather; I like a good snowstorm.
I rarely exceed 6,000 words in a story. I found it is easier than long fiction in that I can write a short story, very short fiction stories, or a bit of fluff a lot quicker. Some of my stories may end up longer. But so far, short is best.
With Scrivener, I am starting to see the power of the software for novel writing. We’ll see.
Of course, I want to write that novel and I have lots of ideas. I just don’t have a lot of stick-to-it-ness, and so I’m plugging away with nothing to show for my efforts. Yet.
I did write a novella, so I guess I just need to expand my horizons a bit.
Long ago, I became a news anchor and wrote small, spiffy, stories around 70-words for a living and loved it. Then, I thought I should be a more serious writer and took a job as a science feature writer.
My editor thought I should deliver her at least 3,500 words. I sat at the computer for a long time trying to convince myself that jumping from 100 words to 3,500 words was a small leap.
And, that’s how I became an author.
I love pulp fiction; short stories of crime, hard-boiled detectives, science fiction, very short fiction stories, and westerns. Many of my stories have science fiction or fantastical events. I like surprise endings. I love Travis McGee. You will find a lot of these elements showing up as I continue to write for this website.