Or, how I started writing and publishing short stories.
I’m always a little puzzled to know how to answer when people ask me how I got into writing, because there are a few different answers.
1) I started when I was 6 years old, with a 101 Dalmatians-style story featuring a plucky little girl rescuing rabbits kidnapped for their fur.
2) I started when I was 16, writing fanfic and posting chapters on a Yahoo Group.
3) I started when I was 25, writing short stories and selling them to SFF zines.
But before I was 25 I did not write consistently. I never knew when or if inspiration would strike, and I could never really trust myself to finish a story. I worried about this less as an 8-year-old writing Enid Blyton pastiches; I worried about it more as a teenager promising fanfic to my friends. Because of course I wanted to be published, and I didn’t see how that would happen if I didn’t know how to write regularly.