Hello all. I stumbled onto this forum during a search about learning how to write. I am not looking to become a famous writer or anything crazy like that. I would though, as a hobby like to learn how to write. I love how when I read or watch interviews of the authors I have come to like over the years, talk about their characters. Like these characters are alive and create their own life histories. It makes me want to create characters myself and see how they grow over time. Some of these characters have brought out emotions in me. Like when a beloved character from a series I like was killed and how upset and angry I was at the character that killed him. I like laughing the funnier moments in books, literal out loud laughing. Or the sentimentality I get when re-reading a book I have read a half a dozen times. So I came into these forums to read up on how different people create their characters and stories. I came on to learn what I can and eventually use what I learn to create a short story or two. I am not a learned person, I barely graduated high school. I have yet to read from any of the classic writers. I am not really into real life stories. I like sci-fi and fantasy mostly, I read to get away from reality. Eventually though I will read from the classics. So for now I will lurk in the depths of the forum.