Hey, my name is Carla. I've always loved reading and writing but have been too self-conscious to let anyone see my work. I mostly write poetry but also occasionally delve into short stories. I've also started writing a novel about the only thing I know - growing up in suburbia. I think it's been done a thousand times before but I guess it's more about trying to find my feet as a writer rather than writing something to be published. I don't know if it's a bit cliche, but I really love the beat poets. I love the free, spontaneous form and this writing bursting with love and life. In my writing I draw a lot of influence from this period of writing whilst trying really hard to give it a new perspective. I really want to improve my writing and am looking forward to finally having the chance to talk with other people interested in writing. I didn't really know exactly what to write here but hopefully I've got it just about right.