Where to start... My name is irrelevant for the moment, some call me Lou... some call me Jack in a Box... some call me... Cillit Bang... Lou it is, though I've always written, whether it be poems, lyrics, stories, or just letters to people. Did well in my GCSE Eng Lit and Lang, studied English at 6th form and college and also at uni. Not that it'll show much :redface: I started a novel a few years back and lost it when my PC broke - that's what you get for building your own machine and then failing to update the virus software... Recipe for disaster. I am just this week starting a new piece of work, and my aim is to become a published author someday. It's a dream I've had since I was 3 (I was one of those super advanced kiddies who read without an adult at the age of 3) and I really want to make it a reality. But I hit blocks all the time and really have no idea how to start the first page, what structure to use, what's important and what needs to be left out. Could do with a creative writing course, really. I need more inspiration, encouragement, smiles. I am mother to one daughter who is 2 on monday, I'm currently inbetween homes, I'm 27 this year and I'm quite alternative in different ways. Not sure what else to write but I don't want to sell myself entirely on my first post! Howdy!