Hello, I'm new to this forum i was browsing the web looking for some help and advice about my idea and where to go with it. For a while i have considered writing a book based on my life and experiences i have been through and witnessed, now I'm at a stage in my life where i have the maturity and time to do so i want to get started. I'm going to write little about the subject of my story and hopefully can be guided in the right direction. I grew up just me and my mother on a council estate, my dad was addicted to drugs and my mom was a alcoholic. I experienced years of abuse and neglect in my younger years which lead me to be aggressive and rebellious so i was taken out of school at the age of 10 by my mom. While i wasn't at school i was hanging around on the streets, first it was playing football then following older people and then i got involved in crime and gangs. From 12 i started making money to look after myself, i was introduced into a whole new world of things I'm not going to write about on this forum. After a few years i been through it all, prison, hospital beds, losing friends, everything you can imagine i went through. After losing close friends and being thankful I'm still here i started to question whats the meaning of life and where do we go when we die? After searching for answers i was guided into Islam and I'm in the process of changing my life around, every day is a struggle coming out of a environment and a lifestyle you have known all your life to a straight path which many people experience. Most still let the temptation and bad habits get the better of them and still are involved in these things with the thought that one day they will change for the better, but we're stuck in a never ending cycle unless we change now. My book will be based on a true story, but the ending will be based on how i actually believe my life will turn out if i don't stay on the straight path and i keep on falling into the habit of saying "One day i will change". Many can relate to this and the message behind the story, not just the religious aspect, many are trying to change there lives for the better but are stuck between two paths. I believe the emotion behind it will capture readers attention. I know it will take years to write and I'm going to put the time and effort into writing it but where do i go from there? How do i get it published and on shelves ect. Any help i will be grateful for, thanks in advanced.