Hello, I wished to become a writer some two and a half years ago. I began by writing a few short stories. They were amateurish, and I was greatly dissapointed with them. But I didn't give up just yet. Every once in a while I would write another short story to try to improve my writing ability; but nothing I wrote was ever intriguing. So I slowed down a bit and wrote infrequently, and deleted most of what I wrote after several months. I never wrote a short story in which the plot, mood, characters, pacing, and tone all combined to make something memorable. I never would, and I never will. I can't. It's impossible. I'm not a born writer. Life after these two and a half years hasn't changed much, but I'm no longer as worried about not being a successful writer. And I hope a lot of people here will feel that way eventually. It will save a lot of people a lot of time, and a lot of frustration.