Hello all, I'm so glad to have found this forum. I hit a crossroads in my life and really started looking at my career, interests and all those things that I told myself I would do "someday." I decided this year to start working on my "someday" list which included an idea for a children's chapter book that I have been sittng on for years. So.... I just started writing! I've been reading posts this past week, and I already feel a bit better about some of the challenges that I've encountered. I've also just discovered the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, but I haven't joined yet. (I'm sure everyone here is very familiar with SCBWI, but I'm just learning ) The local chapter is having an event in October which sounds interesting AND bonus... it's being hosted at the Eric Carle Museum, and he's a fav of my daughters . ~ I did have a question~ Is there a section on how people start their books (this will be a chapter book-maybe 100 pages? not sure yet)? I've read some articles that say just write, write, write and then go back and edit. I've also seen some articles and info about creating an outline first, a storyboard etc. I don't have the details, exact plot etc. for my story but I guess a pretty good outline in my head. Thanks for having me!