Hi! My name is Josh and I have been wanting to write for a while, but I never really got into actually doing it. The biggest problem I have seems to be putting imagined fiction on paper. I've looked at several writing sites but have recently decided that a better idea would be to look at a forum (and kinda wonder why it took so long for the idea to hit me...). I have a feeling that for me, learning to write may be similar to learning a math subject or a programming language in that I can read about it and read about it all I want. I could read about the subject for years and read about every little detail, every little trick, every little bit of advice and, like many people, still turn out to be a complete dunce on the subject matter, unable to apply it well (if at all) and finding it easier to shamelessly give up. For me, writing fiction seems to be the same way except that I make an active effort to apply it, with little to no results. So part of the reason I am here may be seeking that missing element of the learning process. I can write a hell of a letter or research paper but if I have to do so much as an opening paragraph of a short story my mind tends to break down like an overworked machine where some careless worker decided to cram in too much whatever and expected it to help him/her get finished faster. At least this seems to be how things feel inside my head. I'm currently a sophomore in my university, majoring in Computer Science. I have been wanting to take some creative writing classes to pursue my writing interests but they always fill up. I'm an avid Sci-Fi reader but some of my favorite books are from other genres as well, from Robert Asprin to Tom Clancy to Beverly Cleary to Larry Niven. Don't worry, I've read the rules and even made sure to look at... oh, this. I hope for good times here in this community! Oh yeah, and I like The Doors.