I don't know exactly how old I was when I decided that I was going to be an author. I don't know what set me off either. Reading was a chore to me when I was little; I could read and read well, but I just didn't like it. I knew, though, that I would be a writer of books that other people read. I probably just woke up one morning and said, "I'm going to be a writer!" My first actual story was about a little froggy named Hopper who couldn't hop and had no friends until he met a little girl frog whose name I can't remember. Little she-frog helped Hopper to learn to hop, and together they showed that evil frog bully what was what. Then they lived happily ever after on a lilly pad. Real original, right? It sounded something like this: Hopper was sad. Hopper couldn't hop. He was sitting on a log. "Hello" said a girl frog. "Who are you?" said Hopper. Etc. I loved that story, and I still do. I hate reading it, but I'm awful proud of it. Then I started getting picky. I would write a story, but I would know it just wasn't very good, so then I started trying to figure out how to make myself a better writer. I was probably about ten or twelve then. Probably the worse thing I have ever written (ack, grammar?!) was around that time. I spent a whole page describing the fawn that was to be the main character of my story. One whole typed page. 12 font. No double spacing. I thought lack of description was my problem. I don't know how many little stories I'd started but never finished. I would simply lose interest, start another, no big deal. Still, I was going to be an author. No doubt in my mind. My first little book with chapters in it was about a girl who loved adventures and running in the woods. Her people were short with big, hairy feet. One day she went into the forest and found a necklace; a special necklace that controlled space and time. But there was an evil shadow that could see everything, and if that shadow passed over her, she was a goner. Yes, it was an awful like Lord of the Rings. I wouldn't admit it at the time though. And yes, I never finished it. Then I started doubting myself. I started tackling novels, but never got past the first chapter. "Silly!" I would tell myself, "You're problem is that you have got to plan. Planning is everything; planning keeps your work together and focused." Then I would give up. Believed there was no hope for me to be a writer. A few weeks/months later, I would itch to write again, and off I would go. "Stupid! You're planning too much! Just let it flow, and let the characters decide for themselves where it is they'll take you." THEN I started reading books about writing. Suddenly, I would be plumb full of inspiration and I would be confident about my future career as an author. And not just any author! A New York Times Best-Selling Author to boot!! Until I read: "You can tell whose got it and who doesn't." He went on to tell that he'll see one person in the coffee shop telling a crowd of people about taking her children to school and everyone'll be excited and interested, but another could tell about her poor grandmother who has been battling a sickness or whatever and everyone is snoring into their coffee cup. The one telling about her children has got it. That it that is needed to be a writer. It. I don't got it. I read about it probably two or three years ago, and it's bothered me to no end. I've kept myself from writing because I felt that I didn't have it, so there was no point in trying. Then I would cave in and read more books about writing (oh, by the way, I did begin to love reading), and take more cracks at my different stories and books. I still don't think I've got it. I can't hold a crowd while telling a story out my mouth. It's filled with ums and oh-waits and before-thats. But, when I write, and my brain has time to think and edit, it's all so different. Nope, I don't got it, that it that's needed to be an amazing author. But I've got enough to be a writing teacher. And just because I don't have it, doesn't mean I can't improve what I've got. That's why I'm here. I want to work on technique, and getting others' opinions is a good way to learn. And yes Cognito, I know posting things for others to review isn't the first thing I should do here. Hehehehe. Sorry for the autobiography; I got a little carried away with myself. :redface: I just didn't want to say, "Hi! I'm new here!" Not that it's a bad thing to say or anything.