My story will be unique. I was in IT and when the internet came about I wanted to learn about it. So I decided to learn HTML and about search engines and other things. I thought the best way to learn was by doing so I decided to build a website. But what kind of site? I chose a free story site. But I needed content to put on the site so I wrote short stories and posted them. Once other authors found the site I had plenty of stories, but continued writing. The site is long gone, but I’m still writing.
Way back then I wanted to know if I was any good so I submitted short stories to e-zines. Not contests (although I did one of those with Writer’s Digest) and sold a few. But that wasn’t what I was after.
Then I was contacted by someone who read my stories. He was starting an online comic book site and hired me to write comic scripts. That was awesome. I used to paint when I was younger and I got to use all my creative juices. I didn’t do the drawing, but I had to come up with the plot, characters, dialogue, sound effects, what the artist should draw, camera angle, size and layout of the little boxes on each page (I forget what their called), etc. I loved it, but their venture capital fell through so it never materialized.
Then I thought I would try writing a novel and get traditionally published. I chose one particular large, mid-sized publisher and submitted it to them. The rejection letter had feedback with words about crafting fiction that I never heard. So I googled them and read article after article on writing fiction and read books on the subject as well.
So here I am after all these years now a novelist. My work-in-progress was supposed to be a short story but is now more than 40,000 words so it will end up being either a novel or novella.