Um, hi. My name is Liz...I really enjoy writing. I'm an amateur, but I want to hone my skills enough to get something published - it's been my dream for a long time. My favorite genre to read (and write) is Adventure, usually taking place in fantastical worlds. I really like adventure stories because it's fun to develop characters, and it can come with a lot of different subgenres - for instance, adventures tend to spark romance, adventures can have action-y fighting scenes... I'm a little new at writing original material; I did most of my practicing with fanfiction. I have yet to finish a manuscript of an original idea, and the task seems very daunting. One problem I have is that I'm very long-winded and verbose. My stories, as a consequence, can be very long - perhaps a little too long for a casual reader, but I always feel as if I've left something out if I don't put in all I want to. I'm trying to work on that and make myself a better writer. My progress is hindered by the fact that I have no one to really send my stuff to - most people will talk about giving their families or friends their manuscripts for opinions, but not very many people who I know like to read. So I'm kind of steering myself in the dark here, with no one to really get feedback from. I can easily get a lot of comments like "nice story" or "write more", but I hope most of you know that isn't always exactly what a writer looks for. This forum looks great! I come from an area where the literacy level isn't very high, so it's nice to be able to communicate with others who possibly share my interests and can help me out.