Hello everyone. It's been two weeks and some change since I've joined, so I think this might be the right time to introduce myself. My name is Mihai (the Romanian equivalent of Michael), I'm 25 and I currently live in Bucharest. I've been a reader for my whole life, ever since I was four and my parents first handed me an anthology of Grimm's Fairy Tales. When I became too old for fairy tales, I've begun to avidly tear through my dad's not so modest Sci-fi library. Then, when my English skills developed some more, I rediscovered fairy tales in the guise of Fantasy and Horror. Right now I read just about anything, provided it's good. Some years ago, I noticed this story beginning to crystallize in mind and shortly after that trying to escape. So I decided to put it into a sci-fi novel. Without success, so far, but now I think I see the problem. I've fallen into that trap that all wannabe writers invariably fall in. I tried to begin strong, thinking I could produce a quality novel on my first try. Boy, was I wrong. So I decided to shelve the novel for now, instead focusing on writing a series of short stories set in the same universe. And that's why I joined your forum, to try and become a better writer. I hope your tips can help me finish the novel, and why not, I hope I can help others.