Thank you! I'm looking forward to your stories and with sharing them with everyone else!
A few pointers for struggling writers to help get started
A few pointers are included below to help new writers struggling to write something... Feel free to ignore them.
A good trick for coming up with a science fiction story idea, for example, is to start out with a simple idea, an ice age happens, and then add a situation, a group of people are living in the ice age just ten years after it started and are getting ready to leave. Add a few characters likely to be in the situation and all of a sudden obvious issues arise. The stories people most likely will read are ones where you can complete the sentence, "This is a story about..." and the remainder of the sentence involves some conflict or a situation where someone discovers something about themselves or has to make a descision.
In the story Warm Spot in a Cold Place the wife of the main character gets sick at the start of the story. All of a sudden the main character has to figure out how to save her in a land without medical facilities and where people are focused on leaving. In the course of this you get to describe life in this ice age, something which if simply described would be an essay but not a story. And since there's now a human struggle involved most readers will not be able to put it down. Also, in the course of writing it you'll have had fun fleshing out your ideas more by colliding with issues such as where will they get medical equipment, where will the operation take place, how will they keep the operating room warm and clean, how will they produce sufficient light for the duration of the operation, how will they power the lights, ...
Thinking of a beginning, middle and end to the story will also help make sure you've covered clarifying the situation (beginning), developing the story (middle) and resolving it (end.)