Hello everyone! I am so very new to this so it might take me a while to "warm up," but I am excited to be a part of your group! Currently, I am a few chapters away (from what I can tell now) from finishing my first Young Adult novel - the first novel I've ever written. Prior to this, I had mostly written poetry for myself, although I did earn some minor recognition for it back in high school. I honestly didn't consider myself a writer when I was younger, even though I received encouragement through my high school and college teachers. I ended up going in different directions in life but never really felt "complete." When I finally figured out what was missing, I didn't have much trouble coming up with the idea for my novel, and I started writing again. Now I want to get it finished, and I want to get it published. This is the first time I have reached out to other writers to learn more about the craft, to help support others, and to be supported, and I am looking forward to learning from all of you! Thank you!