Hi everyone. Like all of you, I'm a writer. I always will be, even if I never become a published one. About 7 weeks ago, my mother, who was my best friend, died unexpectedly. Although I am still grieving this major loss, her death has really put me in touch with my own mortality. There's no point in putting anything off that I've always wanted to do since I only have a limited number of days to do it. And one very important thing that I've always wanted to do is write. Regularly. I've probably started about half a dozen novels in the past that were all abandoned at about roughly 30,000 words. Sometimes they were discarded simply because the ideas weren't good ones. But more often than not I stopped writing for no good reason at all. I always assumed that I could pick it up again later on. So I guess right now is "later." My favourite books are thick epics with reams of backstory, numerous characters and intricate mysteries. These are also the kinds of novels I love to write. Where I tend to fall short is in the pre-planning of these epics. I tend to plan about half of what I want to say, get impatient and then start writing it. As a consequence I often write a great deal that ends up no longer being relevant to the story or doesn't tie in with the overall quest or mystery. For my latest novel I've been practicing planning it all out before I write anything. So far it seems to be going well. Anyway, thanks for reading my introduction. I hope to learn from all of you and become a better writer.