I signed up for the forum about 30 minutes ago with the intent to jump right in, but after browsing multiple topics, thinking about posting, and then changing my mind, i decided i should probably ask all the noobish stupid questions so i can embarrass myself once instead of multiple times. first off, i guess i should talk a bit about myself. I have no professional writing experience, I hated reading for most of my childhood, and I wasn't that fond of writing either. My love for stories came from playing video games, mainly RPGs. It wasn't until I found the Redwall series and the Harry Potter series that I read anything for more than a school assignment. I've always been a pretty shy guy, and because of that, I discovered that it was exponentially easier to write my thoughts to someone than to actually try to speak them. I learned to love writing in my junior year of high school once i had an english teacher that gave me some freedom. I'm currently trying to write a fantasy series, and i am 80kish words into the first novel. I expect the first draft to be about 100k. now for a few questions: did i come to the right place? Not liking reading or writing, and then jumping into the huge task of writing a series seems crazy, i know. I guess i just want to know if i should be here considering i have no real writing experience. are there any threads i should read before i start posting besides the obvious Terms of Service stuff? anything, be it advisory, inspirational, or just minor tidbits of wisdom that i should see. how should i begin? should i go looking for other people's works? should i post my own? should i just look through the various pieces of advice first, then post my work when i'm more comfortable? thanks, I'm looking forward to being a part of the forums!