Greetings! At 41, I've finally decided it's time to bite the bullet and pursue my passion to write. I've dabbled with fictional writing for the past 30 years but have never made the commitment get "serious" with it until recently. I'm here in these forums because I would like to find others that can understand what I mean when I say things like "my characters take on lives of their own and do things that completely surprise me" or "I have to write because I have to share this part of me, of my soul, with someone". I have a lovely supportive family but they aren't writers, ya know? Anywho... I look forward to getting to know y'all! Oh, and Cogito, don't sweat the disclaimer bit... I've already read the spiel in a couple other newbie threads so I figured I'd save you the hassle; unless it's one of those compulsory things you just have to do or risk losing sleep over, in which case, post away and rest well.