Hello all, I'm glad to find such an organized and populated forum site to connect with like-minded writers and exchange ideas and advice about writing. I recently started reading a first-novel by an average writer. Judging by the quality of work, the marketing hype, and the fact that the novel will soon be turned into a movie, I decided that I should write my own novel since I have a solid story (based on a real story) supported by much scientific research. My only problem is that English is my second language! I do not feel discouraged by this, however, I know that no matter how well my story is, no matter how interesting my research is, I would still lack the necessary writing skills to produce a manuscript that publishers would be interested in. So here I am, just trying to learn from everyone else and receive advice. I am 45% done with my first chapter -which I think will later be modified to be in the middle of the novel- and I would like to share it with you guys and have some point out any comments which you feel should be shared with me. The novel talks about esoteric, occult, and religious texts. A middle eastern kid finds a ring in an old area of Saudi Arabia then tries to decipher an inscription he finds hidden in it after weird incidences start happening in his daily life. The curiosity of a child drives him to a portal of hidden knowledge that very few people know about. That's my story -or novel, in this case- and that's why I'm here!