Usually I write a short story and then try to find a market for it. By nature Iâ€™m more a pantzer than a plotter. I donâ€™t trust myself to spill a good tale unless it starts from the font of inspiration.
Many of these â€œinspiredâ€ stories eventually found homes. But waiting for a muse can be limiting. Jack London once remarked: â€œYou canâ€™t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.â€ Last year I got out my club. I tried writing to specific prompts and for specific markets. My success surprised me.