Hello to all! I am new to the forum and have just recently decided to start my first novel. I have always wrote (well at least since I was old enough to pick up a pencil) and I have had a 'story' floating around in my mind since I was a child. Well, here I am, sneaking up on my 36th birthday and I have done nothing about it. That is when I decided to write it down and go with it. I am a mother of four so most of my time is devoted to them. I am also a college student. Yeah can you tell I have done all of this backwards . Anyway, I wanted a place to go so that I could have people give me constructive criticism. I do not want just the simple "oh that is a great story." I need guidance and I need people who will tell me when a passage sucks or if it does not need to be changed someone will let me know that too so I will quit messing with it. The wonderful thing about a forum like this is that (hopefully) honesty will reign supreme since we all just want to write. I love to read and can finish a novel in the span of a few days. No particular genre interests me the most. Just give me interesting characters and a great plot and I am happy. I look forward to meeting everyone.