@The Pentacle Queen,
Thanks guys, that's really great to know.
Basically what happened to me was I was very interested in all the other arts and I liked reading books but not writing. Then I got quite good at writing snappy concert reviews for this student tabloid, and had this weird and quite but sexual long distance email relationship, and came to it through that; bit of a weird direction.
You are quite welcome.
Interesting how you arrived at these crossroads, who knew that writing reviews and e-mails would send a burning ember to the creative forest within you and set it ablaze. Congratulations on the discovery!
Could I add one more question to the list? Could you put any notion of time frame into the equation? Obviously different pieces take different lengths, but how long would, say, a short story normally take you to complete?
I'm perhaps not the best on judging normal time frames. For years, short stories are zipped out in a few hours, from start to finish, with check on spelling, and an attempt at grammatical and punctuation editing (grammar and punctuation are my weak points). Writing short stories poses only one real problem to me. Keeping the story short. At least 2 books were originally intended to be short stories. The second of them ended up being nearly 500 pages by the time I was done.
One story about a short item, was a Sunday night, where my sister was in a panic. She had an assignment due the next morning, write an essay on a topic from a list of 20 topics. I wrote it, she edited, and then received a good grade for it. She was ahead of me in school and was in an Honors English program. To say the least, my sister was stunned. Happy; but, stunned. Like I said, I write quickly, from idea to completion.
When it comes to a full length novel, they are done fairly quickly. One in particular began after July 4, 2000 and was completed by Labor Day (1st Monday of September) that year. As indicated earlier, once I start, there's no built in shut off valve for me.