I completely missed this area in my pursuit of knowledge here in this wonderful forum! So for that, my most humble apologies. I came here with the initial intention of using mostly the Research area. I am in the middle of writing my first official novel-length work. When I mention I am writing to anyone in the real world, the inevitable question of "What are you writing?" always throws me because I am somewhat embarrassed to answer. I am writing a fanfiction. I'm not saying that I should be ashamed, just that I am. A bit. Because it's a typical BBC Sherlock-inspired Johnlock/Mystrade monstrosity that many people just don't want to read. Well, at least the people that I surround myself with. But I felt it in my bones and one day I just started writing. I had to get it out. As I continued to write it, I became more enthralled in the case fiction. I spent many hours plotting or researching murder and mayhem. I think my ultimate goal is to finish my romantic fanfic and then go back through and edit it to make it just a case fiction, without all of the fluff and smut. My main issue with my story is that I have not had any reliable readers to critique my work. Friends and family are ignorant in either the original story (TV Series) or how to critique writing as a whole. My husband has no interest in my story, but was able to give some feedback in flow and word choices. My mother read the first 3 chapters but was lost due to her lack of knowledge of the original story. She also, unfortunately, had no insight into grammar/sentence structure/flow. So, a bit of a background on me: I graduated with a BFA in Creative and Professional Writing (and Minor in Visual Arts) back in 2009. I also have a background in Biology, which is what I intended to major in before switching to English. I never did anything with my degree after school, in fact, I went into retail and then into IT sales, and also Animal Welfare. After moving around the country a bit, my husband and I ended up in AZ where I now work for a wonderful organization (Arizona Humane Society) and I have finally started writing more. I wrote a children's book but have not done anything with it yet because I wanted to create my own illustrations and just never found the full motivation to do so. I am working on it now to help ease my writer's block when I get it. BTW, I'm a panster, not a planner. Not sure if those are common terms in the writing world, but I heard them once and realized that I do not plan well with writing, but I prefer to write 'by the seat of my pants', as it were. Anyway, long story short, I'm here to learn and get inspiration, as well as help out wherever I can! It's lovely to meet you all, it's been YEARS since I used a forum, the last one being a pet owner's forum that was for bird owners (I used to breed pet birds and basically lived on that forum during my college days).