Hi all, I have joined this forum as a way to engage in discussions about writing and hopefully learn a little about the craft of story telling. I figured that involvement in a forum would also give me another way to practice writing when I am unable to work on any other projects. I've always been interested in writing fiction, from as far back as I can remember, but I found that my confidence is lacking and I always find reasons to abandon writing. Recently I challenged myself to actually complete something - a short story - and I did; drafted several times, proof read, edited and sent into a competition. I am sure I wont place anywhere, but at least I finally saw an idea through to completion! The contentment of this has now faded and I am starting work on other ideas, mainly short stories and blog articles. I am also interested in learning more about poetry. Hopefully being part of this forum will prevent the dreaded writers block, to some extent... Thanks for reading.