I don't generally do the whole "introduction" thing when I join a forum but as my joining here is part of me trying to take proactive steps in my writing I thought I'd make an exception. So what is there to know about me? Well I started writing when I was very young, so young in fact that I cringe at the very idea of what some of that stuff must have been like. I've never been very good at this but crikey that must have been terrible! Anyway, I wrote off and on for quite some time just on my own without any formal guidance or training, when I went to university however I found they offered a Creative Writing course that I could take alongside my main degree during my first year so I signed up. It was a great year that taught me alot and I even had some positive feedback to my work which felt great. Unfortunately I seemed to reach a mindset where writing felt like work and that took away alot of the appeal so I decided to take a bit of a break. A few months later a computer mishap cost me all the electronic copies of my recent work, to say I was devastated might sound dramatic but I don't think it's far from the truth. That was ten years ago and for some reason I've not been able to get into a flowing writing mood since despite several well intentioned moments and a decent queue of ideas to work with. This morning at about silly-o'clock I decided enough was enough and it was time to get stuck in and see if I can still write. I bashed out 400 or so words last night and although they aren't very good it felt good to be writing again, scary, but good. So in the spirit of keeping this small amount of momentum going here I am, hopefully lurking around here will help me get my fairly unimpressive skills back and maybe even make me better.