My name is Becca. I'm 20 years old and a sophomore in college. I've been writing stories since I first learned how to write, and it's been my goal since middle school to become a published writer someday. I've done a lot of writing, reading, and growing since then; but I've been feeling for quite some time now that I'm missing something fundamental: interaction with a writing community. I grew up in a small town and attended a private high school with virtually no clubs, so I've never really had any "writer friends" or anything of the sort. I feel I've been a little too spoiled in school because I've rarely received anything but compliments on my work simply because I exerted more passion and energy into my work than my classmates. I thought this would change in college, but to my surprise, it is almost exactly the same. This has irritated me for a long time because while it is very flattering, I know my work is far from perfect and I would really like to receive criticism so I can grow as a writer! It doesn't help that I'm extremely shy and reserved, so talking to professors or even friends about my stories and ideas is very difficult for me. For some reason, it hasn't occurred to me until now to join an online community. Probably because I was scared. But I was really drawn to this site after seeing how friendly and welcoming everyone is, and by the sheer amount of content here : ) This is my first time ever joining a forum like this, so I admit I'm a little lost. I really hope to make some friends here and learn some things along the way! I really look forward to getting to know you all!