I have been writing stories for only 5 years. I wrote lots of letters home during my travels and so got into the habit of describing the beautiful places and the funny happenings. That morphed, as I had a family and got too busy, into the annual Christmas letter back home to family in England and friends in Australian (where I lived for 10 years). That morphed into an A4 page with all my news on one side and pictures of my family on the other. This practice has had a profound impact on my writing as I am nearly incapable of writing more than an A4 page of story. If I need more space I merely decrease the font and increase all the margins!
I actually succeeded in writing a novella, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Started out with four main female characters and ended up with three and a male character. They can be really bossy these novella dwellers . They are very keen to get published and tell their story to the world so I better get editing. I hope you enjoy my stories.