Hello Everyone After years of having the feeling of a book inside me, months of lurking in the background of this board and days of very nearly starting to write, I have finally begun my first ever novel. I have to say it has been quite inspirational reading the various threads on this site, reading some of the problems I thought I may have and quietly nodding to myself as I agree with the help others have been offered. Do I need to outline, do I write a full bio for each character, do I need a list of names and places, do I need to plan how many words, do I, do I, do I................ Well you will all pleased to know I have done none of the above. I have taken my idea and started writing the first chapter, a bit like setting sail from home port and seeing in what direction the wind will take me, regardless of the destination. So a big thank you to everyone for the inspiration and strap on for the ride.