Hi, I'm new here. I'm never published anything, just completed a screen writing course with an ordinary degree though. I'm still somewhat shy and insecure about my writing. I've come up with an idea for a story that I'd very much like to write, I've written a premise and a synopsis that conveys places it might go, but now I'm sunk on how to begin this. I feel that I need to understand people better and human psychology and different cultures and ways of life in order to make believable proper characters whom I understand everything about. I also don't know if my synopsis is any good and whether or not I should tweak it before writing, but I feel uncomfortable about showing anyone at the same time. I'd feel embarrassed showing my family, plus I couldn't trust them to give fair judgement, by default they'd say its amazing whatever it is. The same in general goes with people I know, yet I also feel embarrassed showing strangers and worried (in the event they turn out to like it) might steal my idea. Maybe I just need to get a grip haha. But I'm just wondering which of these to do. Just start writing, find someone to show things too or do research, if the latter, does anyone know of any good ways you do research as writers? What's the best way of understanding the differences and ways people of every country, culture, class, mentality, past ect thinks, feels and talks like? Hope this was a coherent thread starter.