HI! I'm Shandeh. That's not actually my name, but it's my screen name pretty much everywhere. I'm 18, female, and I'm still trying to find my writing niche. I very much enjoy futuristic warfare [which I refuse to call sci-fi, it isn't, it's a genre in and of itself] but it strikes me that I tend to write more of that as a "for fun" thing, and more of other things as serious writing. I'm presently working on a crime novel, which I'm hoping will one day be published, and between sessions working on that, I'm writing fanfiction and idly working on a world in which I can more seriously write the futuristic side of things. I have a habit of making my key characters a little mentally unstable. What that says about me, I don't know, but it can't be good! I like challenging myself, but I have a habit of starting projects and then never getting around to finishing them. I'll write [and nearly always finish] short stories, on occasion, but I prefer novels. Which I have a habit of not finishing. I'm determined to finish this crime novel, though! I'm a native English speaker, but we're very informal here in Australia. My writing voice does reflect that. I try to limit it to dialogue where I can - "Y'gunna eat that?" - and let the character's internal voice dictate how I write description and actions. I quite often write from either a third-person-limited point of view, getting into a specific character's head and writing using that character's perceptions, or first-person. I feel it facilitates a better connection with the character, to be able to see motivations, thoughts, feelings... perceptions. What I'm hoping to get from this forum is development and improvement as an author. As part of that I would like to help others develop and improve. I'm already really enjoying this forum and learning a lot from it.