Many years ago, many, when the Internet was mostly AOL and porn, AOL had great message boards and one of them was a writers' section. I posted there daily when I was working hard at becoming established. Those old forums are gone now. I've been a member of many forums since, none about writing. I've been writing, though, and even getting paid for it on occasion, through all these twenty + years. I entered my 6th decade and decided, finally, I'm ready for a novel. I left all my other forums and finally finished all my other projects, started my research and realized, there's something missing. My online community. So, here I am. And here is my first question: how do we do this nowadays? That is: Is there some freeware novel-writing software I'm going to wish in three months I'd asked about at the start? Are writers more focused on the e-book market, which is so appealing for the number of trees it saves? I'm hoping to find out what I need to know that I don't even know I don't know. In return, I bring you my own experience and encouragement and, uh, well I'm pretty sure I'll be bringing something of value, we'll have to see what it is as we go along. Hello. My name is Elle, and I'm happy to meet y'all.