If this forum's anything like the ones I've been part of previously, there are hordes of new users posting introductions, sticking around for a few days, then never showing up again. I don't plan to be one of those. I'm not very good at giving critiques, so it might take me awhile to get into the review section, but I'll do my best. I've only been writing for five years, so I know I'm a little behind the rest of the members here. I started daily practice when I was very young. I was almost twelve, I believe, when I printed off my first story and left it on my dad's desk. The next day, I burned it, regretting letting anyone even see the first sentence. It was a poor excuse of an action flick about four teenagers who beat up gangsters. All four of them were older than me at the time, and I had no basis on which to write such characters. Their personalities were all perfect, and the plot was too random to be considered a plot at all. I think I've come a long way since then. Currently, I'm a high school junior and have tested out of every English class available at the college. I've only ever finished one story since my first one, and it was a short one from about two or three years ago: seventeen thousand words describing the tale of an assassin, two schoolgirls, and a college soccer player. It was a very amateur, anime-style plot that I didn't like at all, but I told myself that I would definitely finish it, and therefore did so. Although I decided that I hated it, I salvaged three of the characters and set them all in different stories that now don't totally fail, but that I haven't finished. My favorite genres are fantasy, action, Christian, young adult, and steampunk. My least favorites are romance, erotica, and memoir. They're just boring to me. My earliest influences came from The Hardy Boys, 1-190 or something like that. I didn't like the new ones at all, because they completely destroyed the characters. But again, that was a long time ago. Currently, I'm reading Michael Grant's latest series, starting with Gone: currently my favorite book. Being sixteen, I read young adult. I just can't get into adult literature. I'll pick up some bestseller, read the first page or two, and shut it. I can't seem to relate with the characters at all. It could be that I'm just picking up all the wrong books, though. My reason behind joining this forum is to become a better writer: synonymous with probably 90% of the users here.