Hello there. I'm hoping by using this forum I can tap and develop any latent ability to write that I may have, but have been unable to use thus far. I've always been exceedingly envious of people who have any kind of imagination, and who can write, from when I was a boy. I had friends who were able to come up with ideas and write them down, and I used to try and emulate that, with embarassing results. Well, the desire has not gone, and I feel, at age 47, it's about time I try to dig out the creativity that I think is there. I have wanted to get into writing kids' stories, along the lines of gently sci-fi, out-there kind of stuff, but poetry would be good, too. However, I am willing to start anywhere. Anyone got any advice on how to get the best out of this forum, please? Perhaps I should start with a short story? Any advice or tips would be most welcome. Thanks.