Hi guys/gals, I am purplecandle. I haven't been a writer for a long time, since middle and high school. I wrote poems and short stories for classmates for cash. Not to help them cheat, instead I would put their boyfriend's name in a love poem or write up a happy ending for a couple. My parents never gave me lunch money..so I did what I had to do. I never thought I had talent for creative writing. I did win a few awards, but I thought I won because the teacher liked me. For the past 4 years I have worked on my bachelor's in business and writing dry academic papers so as my electives I took a creative writing class and then an advanced writing class. I found that I rather liked writing creatively and I also enjoyed critiquing m class mates work. At he end of the advanced class my teacher kept screaming things at me like, "don't waste your talent" and "continue writing after class". So, I found this forum..and here I am. I hope to learn how to be a better writer...and I hope this forum can help motivate me to continue writing. Now that I am finishing up my degree, I would love to start writing more. So, Hello to you all!! Please Cogito,I have read through the rules and while there are many I will hold back until I get the gist of things...No need to post me the rules, I would much rather have a good hello from you!