Heya folks. This looks like a great place to get (and hopefully give) some constructive help. I have been doing the fanfiction thing for a while, but have come to realize that: a) I'm probably not going to get the kind of critique there that I so desperately need, and b) I need to work on more original stories if I'm going to truly become the writer that I want to be...so here I am. I'm oriented toward Fantasy and SciFi, but really I just want to write things that make my readers feel something. I think that here I am going to force myself out of my comfort zone and try to broaden the types of stories I get into. (I think I need to force myself into writing more strong female characters, as that is something I am definitely lacking) I never attended college and so haven't gotten the kind of education/developement that I know I need, so hopefully I can walk down a path of growth here at writingforums.org.