I've been meaning to join a writing forum for some time now; however, lack of time has prevented me from doing so. I've recently realized that lack of time has also interfered with the prolificness in which I both read and write, and so I've been trying to force myself back into the habit. I'm hoping that this forum will enable me to not only hone on my talents as a writer, but also to learn from and enjoy the works of others. I am 22 and completing my bachelor degree in biology. I've recently been accepted to pharmacy school, and will pursue that past my undergraduate work. I chose this field because I knew it to be moderately lucrative and something I could at least manage, even if I wasn't particularly good at science. English is my passion, and it pained me to not pursue it in college. I took as many English classes as I could my freshman year, and I miss that sort of intellectual stimulation in a way that I can't express! My writing has undoubtedly suffered from exposing my mind to the rigid lines of science. I hope to make up for that by talking with English-minded individuals on this forum! Writing is something that I am both fond of and moderately good at. I most often write through journaling, and have composed some pretty admirable excerpts through doing so. Ultimately, I would like to strengthen myself as a narrative writer. While I think I have the ability to write well enough, I unfortunately do not practice writing narratives nearly enough as I should. As a result, I am at a loss for as to how to even begin developing a story beyond coming up with the basic elements of one. I also hope to develop my skills as a writer of both prose and poetry. I adore reading poetry, and believe I have a pretty subjective eye when it comes to critiquing poems, but I am not impressed with the poems I myself have written. I'm not bad at manipulating words, employing metaphors and other literary devices, and I have a decent vocabulary. Unfortunately, I have a terrible time at mastering meter and will end up ruining a poem because I'm so focused on fitting in the constraints of specific forms. I'm hoping the talent of others in this area will rub off on me! It's nice to meet everyone!