I thought I ought to familiarize myself at a good forum for writing, and so far this looks like a serious enough place for helping and getting help and sharing with other writers, published or unpublished. I'm 22, from Sweden, but since my native language makes me cringe, I can only feel comfortable with anything I write if I write it in English. I'm a generally creative person so I draw and compose music as well, on occasion. I tend to do my creative hobbies sparingly though. Most of the things I've written had to be for school, but just a few times I did something outside of school for my own amusement and to see if I was capable of doing anything interesting. About two years ago I started writing something that I knew was going to be it. I wrote the 30 first pages of the book that I aim to finish one day, and it will be the one thing I've written that I aim to publish. It's going to be a hard journey and part of that journey is stopping by here to ask advice and learn some need to know stuff. But I'll try and find the right forums to ask those questions, so for now this is a simple introduction. The thing about the book I want to write is that it's going to be a real little devil to try to publish. I don't settle for normal. Compare it to the way movies are dumbed down these days to fit the PG-13 rating as well as the intellect of 13 year olds. I can't stand that sort of thing and refuse to mangle and cripple creativity of my soul to sell to a greater audience. No, what I write is going to be up to its neck in psychologically unpleasant things to read about as well as going against popular beliefs, ideals, social norms. When I started writing it, I instinctively was drawn towards writing in present tense as well as having many narrators between chapters. Now that I have read about present tense and seen that present tense is being looked down on, not for objective reasons that makes sense, but out of literary traditions and prejudice, I feel rather encouraged to go on writing in present tense. At first I just saw some posts about that present tense should be avoided for numerous reasons, but when I dug a bit deeper and saw the actual reasons, it turns out that it's based on authority and ignorance rather than reason, just like the things that I am criticizing in the story. It's perfect. I'm going to get my ass kicked by publishers, but I can at least pride myself on that I don't censor anything out in order to appeal to the mass. Even if I fail miserably, at least I took risks which I know can be hit and miss, but most of the greatest works of literature and movies were outside of the norms and mainstream, controversial even. But for various reasons, they made it big. Even if I don't make it, I'd feel complete just by finishing the story.