Hello Forum Goers, I'd reckon that you get a lot of new writers and members and like most forums, I suppose the retention rate isn't very high but I do need some help so here I am. When I was young, I was a voracious reader of fantasy but as I entered college reading research papers, articles, and textbooks replaced novels and manga (comics) were the fare that sustained any sense of creativity. I even role-played avidly but read much? No. As a result, I found that I struggled to write serious fantasy, did well at fanfiction, and comic scripts, and even my non-fiction improved greatly. I'd like to get back to writing fantasy. I don't have much time to draw and I've abated role-playing. Fanfiction is still fun but I've always enjoyed more "borrowing" the setting and using my own characters than manipulating pre-existing ones. Beside, people really enjoyed my comedy more than my dramatic pieces (that while more serious were not soaking with angst and strife). It's pesky but what can you do? So, with all that said, I'd like to try my hand at writing again. I need to hit the books again but I've also always worried about having my style be too influenced by what I was reading. This post is a bit much but this is a writing forum, after all. Merry met, everyone!