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I started out writing stories for my wife at Christmas.
Well that&';s not entirely true. I started out writing stories in English Class, as I imagine most of you did too. I also wrote stories in Spanish Class in College. During my last year of College, through a series of mishaps, I ended up with a wonderful English professor, who helped me make my stories hang together and flow better.
After my wife and I married, I started writing stories for her every year at Christmas. Since they were for her, mostly they were love stories.
Then one day, sitting in the airport for a long time, waiting to catch a connecting flight, a story started downloading. Now we say, the story was writing me. But I&';m a computer geek, so downloading is also appropriate. The Dancer was the result. Before, my stories had been good. This one was fantastic. Gone were the last vestiges of formulaic writing &n-; writing in a certain manner because I should. Now there were no shoulds.
That doesn&';t mean everything I&';d learned about writing went down the drain. It meant that now I could use it for a better purpose and outcome.