Hello everyone, my name is Andy and I guess you could call me a writer. Certainly if anybody ever asks me what I do for a living I refer to myself vainly as "A Writer" in the hope that there are no follow-up questions. In truth, I write adverts for the radio and have done for the past three years. As an occupation this is not without its merits as I get to be creative, I get to meet interesting people and, very occasionally, I get a script to air with no client intervention whatsoever. However it has long been a dream of mine to do some "proper" writing. Writing without the client or budget mandated constraints, writing where I am free to develop the idea, give it wings and let it fly as far as my imagination will allow. The trouble is I don't know how. I did much writing earlier in life, at a time when I thought it was as simple as writing something, sending it to a publisher and then waiting for the royalties to roll in, but after several impersonal rejection letters my enthusiasm dropped and I could rarely get up the energy to write more than ten pages of a short story or script before I gave it up as a bad job and went to the pub. After meeting a couple of writers recently I have now realised that my biggest problem is not that I'm no good - I can cross that hurdle at some point - but rather that I don't know any writers. I have nobody with whom to share ideas or from whom to receive critique and so I can never develop myself. So here I am, and after a needlessly lengthy inroductory note I am now going to have a browse of the forum, Speak to you all soon, Andy.