Hello everyone, I never thought I'd be joining a writing forum having neither the talent nor the desire to write in the past. Of all my friends I'm the least bookish but the most creative. I'm the 'arty' one. I'm a creative IT contractor who has been working at the same company for the past 4 years - the job itself pretty much bored me to tears but it paid well so I stuck at it. The part I did enjoy was the 40 minutes it took each day to travel there and back as it allowed my mind to wander and come up with different ideas, be it characters, TV Show formats or stories. Now that the contract has finally ended I've got a bit of spare time to myself so I'm trying to get down the stories I've had forming in my head for the past few years. I know what it's like to have the fear of a blank page, or in my case a blank canvas and I know you have to dive in and start making marks, even though you know it's rubbish you have to start somewhere and start with something. For the past month I've been creating story breakdowns, point by point what happens (there's the odd gap here and there). What I've now got is a pretty detailed skeleton of my story. Today I've just started making marks - Chapter One - and have written a page of A4 - not a lot I know, but seeing as I've never written anything creative at all after GCSE English some 20 years ago, this is a huge step for me. I may not create the next great epic but I’m happy to have started getting my ideas down, fleshing them out and revising sentences and paragraphs until they flow better (this post not included ). Anyway, I'm just saying hello to you all and will be lurking in the shadows and dropping in for advice every now and again.