You already are a writer. Yes, you can do better in the grammar department, or with sentence variety, but that is not why you’ve come here.
HOW DO YOU TELL A STORY?
This is what it boils down to. A great story can transcend even bad grammar and poor sentence construction and still get published.
Good news. Storytelling can be learned, the components are known. In fact, I believe it’s easier now than when I first began writing, due to the net. Specifically, flash fiction. I urge all writers to check out the flash fiction web sites (after I figure out how to, I will link to several).
In a brief amount of time, you can read story after story, seeing what is actually a story, and what isn’t. Can you tell a story in 100 words? Yes. In fact, if you start writing a novel, you will be expected to have a one- or two- sentence summation of it to pitch.
And remember, one of the most well-known stories in the world is only 250 words, the Bible’s Prodigal Son.
Start now. Every day, write a flash fiction. This is training for your eventual pitch sentences, and it will help you learn idea generation. Even if you’re currently working on a project, add this on.