I just signed up for this website because I just don't know what to do. I'm 22 years old, dropped out of high school when I was 16, and have basically been working dead end, minimum wage jobs since. I've always been good at writing though. When I was in high school, I had to write a book report. I only read a couple chapters of the book I did my report on, but after I handed it in, later that day she called my parents asking them if I plagiarized my report. When I came into class the next day, she asked me the same question, and I told her "No, I didn't.... I used spell check, but that's it". So she was pretty impressed with it and I obviously got an A on the report. Of course, I was probably 15 years old writing for a high school English class, so I'm not deluded into thinking my lowly book report had any real quality to it. Regardless though, I've always been proud of it. Not until recently have I decided that I might want to pursue if not a career in writing (creative or otherwise), then at least pursue a greater knowledge of it so I can be confident in my writing. Here is where my problem lies. Like I said earlier, I've been working dead end jobs since I was 16. Well, just a litter longer than a month ago, I got a new job, where you can eventually work your way up into making some serious money. Which is great, if it wasn't for the fact that I can't stand the damn job. I work 40 hours a week, at night, 2:00pm to 12:30am, 4 days a week. That doesn't leave me a whole lot of time, save for weekends and the one workday I have off to try and attend a proper school. Maybe I'm mistaken and the way my work schedule is laid out allows the perfect time frames to learn what I want to. I really don't want to quit this job so I can go to school, but I definitely don't want to keep this job forever either. After all that I've said, my question is pretty simple: What would be the best way to go about working my job, and trying to attend school to learn all I can about writing? Specifically creative writing, because in a perfect world, I would like to make money off of writing novels. Although, I realize that having knowledge about more practical forms of writing, whatever those are because I really don't know, would be more... well, practical. Just looking for some suggestions from people who might have been ( or are in) a similar situation to mine.