Hello. I want to say that this is an awesome site. I've had a lot of fun looking through threads and stickies so far and I've learned quite a bit. I'm a new writer and one of my biggest goals right now is figuring out what I need to learn so that I can begin writing seriously. My goal is to write and have a novel published. There are going to be quite a few steps before I can even begin to think about writing that novel. My question is, how do I figure out where to begin? How do I assess where I am so I can figure out what I need to learn? I wrote a short story for the short story contest on immortality if anyone wants to read that and give me pointers. I was thinking of taking some classes online for general English usage and then novel writing and creative writing classes. I know I need to learn a little more about English because a writing friend told me my short story had some grammatical errors in it. Any help is appreciated.