I Googled "writing forums" and this site was the first listing. My name is Sam and I'm from the Great Lakes region. I'm twenty-two years old. I have thought my entire life that what I wanted was to be a scientist; I always hated to read and write. Last semester during my Composition 1 class (which I put off until my senior year in college because I hated reading and writing) my professor opened my eyes and I realized that I did enjoy writing very much. But I have a few problems and they are keeping me from that enjoyment. I came here out of desperation. Nobody owes me anything and my ego is not so inflated that I expect anyone to divert the course of their life to pay attention to my problems and service my needs. But I am just beginning to write and to appreciate the written word and I am terrified. I have no plan, a vague form of voice and style, and no idea how to go about doing what I love. An idea that I think is great will materialize and I will mentally develop it a little more before I start writing. This is when I enjoy doing what I do, but whatever confidence I have in my potential as a writer is easily shaken. As soon as I get stuck or hit a wall, I lash out at myself and my work, and I sink into depression. The level of frustration I feel twists my guts apart and has driven me to tears on more than one occasion. I don't know what I expect to get here, but what I hope for is a place to belong. I hope to discover that my experience is not unique, that I'm not a lost cause. I am more than willing to offer my help and hope that help is offered in return. Thanks for your time and I hope this can be a turning point not only for me, but for anyone I can reach. I look forward to becoming part of the community.