Just want to say thanks to everyone here. I've been a writer forever, but have had a novel brewing in my brain for the last year or so. I never wrote a word of it due to a ridiculously large dose of writers block, writers fear, writers whatever-you-want-to-call-it. But I actually started to write it a few weeks ago, and this week I hit my frist 10,000 words. I'm truly grateful to the forum. I might not contribute much, but I do read a lot of the posts. As someone who lives in the mountains with dogs and cats, and paints for a living, well, let's just say that writers are hard to come by in my neck of the woods. It's been wonderful to discover that I'm not actually going insane, that other writers have all the same kind of writing problems and neurosis. I know it's a terrible cliche, but writing a novel is just the Everest of writing. At the moment I'm at lower base camp, trying to breathe and acclimatise and just get used to the daily discipline of it. Every time I stop and turn off the computer, I can't help thinking - if I'm strggling to breathe now, what am I gonna be like at camp 3 and 4??? But I think you have to stop yourself thinking like that, cos if you even glance up at the summit you're f&*!!ked. I'm starting to realise that the only way to climb this mother of a mountain is one word at a time. So thanks again forum people. It's just great to know that I'm not alone.