Hi all, Having recently stumbled across this site, I decided to take a leap and join, having debated the best way to develop my writing in general. I've been dabbling for a number of years and though I have never felt it an option to do anything remotely seriously, recently I have decided to look into the realms with an air of seriousness, if only to satisfy my curiosity. I think the key point here is to say that my writing is done, first and foremost, because I enjoy doing it, like I'm certain many others do. That said, it would be very nice to know that it's not terrible, contrived drivel, hence my new found curiosity. I have been working on my current pieces for the last 2 years and have enjoyed the time I have spent on them very much. The trouble is, I am my own worst critic and what's more, I am too frightened to provide my works to friends. I have given a number of excerpts to people and had fantastic feedback, if lacking in the necessary level of criticism. So, what I think I am desperate for is impartial, critical appraisal from people who do not know me. I'm sure I'll spend the next few days/weeks reviewing the contents on the site prior to making any effort to share but I thought I should say how-do as a matter of course. Many thanks in advance.