Hi there, After maybe a year or so of contemplation, I finally decided to join a writing forum. Although I love writing and would love to be a novelist, I haven't written creative fiction (my favorite) in years. Instead, my days have been filled with academic papers and the like. Of course, the first step to becoming a writer is to, well... write, so here I am! Even now that I'm taking steps to become more serious about writing, I still have only two or three responses to prompts (so there's not a lot in my repetoire). I'm hoping to find some motivation and a measure of accountability here -- and, of course, some serious feedback once I'm ready.