My name is Daniel. I'm a 21 year-old aspiring writer/novelist/screenwriter/poet/filmmaker. I'm currently attending university in Ottawa for my English degree and hope to do something either very interesting (join an investigation service, volunteer for the U.N, etc) or something directly involved with writing (journalism, magazine writing etc) when I'm finished. I also hope, with time, to make inexpensive independent films. I'm not naive enough to think that, any time soon, they'll be anything in the directing department in Hollywood for me. I'm very realistic about the writing market but feel that, while I may struggle to make money with my writing for quite some time, I will eventually be able to make a marginal living off of it-- and that's all I need. I've been writing since I was young and feel that while I've grown much that there is always more to learn. I'm going on here hoping to receive some honest critiques of my work and allow me to grow. I'm also very interested in reading other people's creative endeavours. I feel that there is something about an ensemble of writers working on their creations in a similar venue that channels an unconscious flow of pure creativity that allows not only individual but collective growth towards whatever dreams the people may have. I have a wide range of authors and books that are my favourites and I'm interested in pretty much everything: History, philosophy, psychology, sociology, art-- you name it. I believe that through researching and studying beyond literature itself adds further depth and maturity not only to your writing but to your world view as well, which is extremely important in your personal development. Anyway, I'm always down for a chat or discussion and hope to have some fun here. Cheers!