Apologies if this has a readily visible answer. I just arbitrarily decided to start writing, yesterday I scrawled a short "artistic" story about nothing at all in a notebook. How do and did all you more seasoned types proceed? Should I begin by reading some "serious literature" to get a grounding? Shall I scrawl a hundred more 200ish word "stories" in what I'm sure would be pointless and bad style? (That's the advice I would give to someone beginning my board game, go). Describe characters and wait for some kind of artistic lightning to strike? Some guidance, please? NB. I lack any training in English past grade 10 (probably a decade ago) but like to read when I have time, also I'm not connected to a local community.