Hi, I'm new to the forums. I've been writing basically my whole life, but I don't have real experience as a published author. Part of that is because I had to drop out of high school, and I haven't been able to start on my GED or go to college just yet. Although, honestly, I don't think it is absolutely necessary to have a degree in writing to be a good author. I do think it probably helps, though " Anyway, I write YA, fantasy, romance, drama original fiction and I occasionally write fanfiction for practice and for fun. I did grow up writing fanfiction because when I was younger I got into a rut with my writing. I didn't what to write or how to make it interesting, and I feel like fanfiction was just the right amount of difficult to help me learn to write better and I found it very inspiring. I draw a lot of my inspiration from my own life experiences, from comic books, or superhero movies or cartoons. Not so much from books, so I guess that is something different about me. I don't know. The novel I'm currently working on is a YA urban-fantasy novel and I look forward to sharing it with you all.