My name (for the purposes of this forum) is dotdotdash. I'm 22 from the UK. I'm NOT a writer, however I am a published poet and journalist although it has been a long while since I have had anything published (due to inaction). I enjoy writing because unlike a lot of things in my life I feel I have a specific intent with the stories I tell. I want to be able to paint a near-perfect picture whether I am writing a short story, script or whatever else I task myself to achieve. I'd like one day to feel like I am writing pieces that present themselves to the reader much in the same way a watercolour painting presents itself to people at a gallery. It's a very, very hard skill to master, and currently my stories - I fear - read more like an Ikea manual. I am a great believer in the idea that context and setting are the most important things when telling any tale. You can have the best story in the world, but if you get the context wrong you will find that the story is overshadowed and fails to rise above the flaws in the setting. Conversely you can have the most simplistic premise for a story but place it a brilliantly manifested situation and find that the story - regardless of its simplicity - takes on a whole new meaning. I personally think that this ethos is reflected in the literature of greats such as Charles Dickens, Shakespeare and Dumas (to name but a few) as well as more contemporary writers such as Rowling and Banks. I do not believe in the snobbery of the English language. I believe that language may be moulded and changed for dramatic effect, that these changes - whilst technically incorrect - can sometimes heighten the tale rather than diminish it. I sometime rant.