I began writing right after having read A Tale of Two Cities in high school. Authors like Dickens, Tolstoy, Hugo and García Márquez have served as inspiration, while King, Bradbury and Donaldson have given me a more contemporary language and structure.
While working as an ESL teacher, I continued to write, first short stories, then longer works, so-called novellas, then even longer works that might be called novels. I kind of settled on the shorts and the novellas, often stealing from the “novels” when they began to wander and present themselves as “unfinished”.
I had a several-year relationship with a now-defunct content-farm. Though I only wrote about 40 articles for that site (was rightly suspicious of the overall setup represented in their TOS and a general lack of quality control), I was quite active in the forum dedicated to critiques of writers. I also worked on their editorial board, wading through reams of marginal writing to bring it up to some sort of quality standard.
The content farm had a commercial branch (still does!), for which I both wrote (articles on pets, on education, product material) and edited (independent scholarship and home schooling articles; neighborhood descriptions).
As a freelance, I have worked for several content platforms, writing web content, sales content, material for law firms, material on good business practice, translating sites from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English. These sort of sites don’t give bylines, one gets paid pennies-per-word and the buyer slaps his/her name on it as if he/she had crafted the article. Not the best of work, but when I need something like a new computer or bike….
I’m old school as a writer. Though I’ve got the Internet content thing down pat, I still believe that writing is a craft that must be practiced daily, like playing an instrument or dancing, and that good writing, quality writing arises from rewriting, revising, rewriting, reading and then rewriting.