Hello everyone, I'm hoping that by joining and interacting with this forum I'll be able to stop prevaricating and start writing. I enjoy genre fiction, especially SF, though I've read plenty of fantasy and horror fiction too. I have no problem coming up with settings but have so far failed to tease out any interesting stories from them. Occasionally something seemingly promising will surface, only to appear hopelessly derivative on further reflection. My instinct is that world building and character development are more important than a clever plot, however every time I see lists of story prompts I frankly feel intimidated and can't escape the feeling that without some mind-bending and original plot, there's no point in my beginning to write. Anyway, I have no doubt that many have felt the same way before me and browsing this forum has made me feel much more optimistic.