I've been writing since I was a child, I love it. I've never thought about making a career from it, or even just money now and again, until a few years ago. I work in a dead end job I dislike while I study Screenwriting at Uni. I'd love to be able to do something with my ability to write and create stories. I just don't know where to start. One thing I want to do is write short stories and adapt them to short films. That way I can develop all the skills I want to; novel writing, screenwriting and adapting, and filmmaking. Once I do this, I intend to enter them into film competitions and see where I get. That's one route. How do you go about getting published? I get told a lot, "get an agent,' but this is unrealistic. How many agents are going to take on someone who's looking to turn a casual hobby into some form of a career? There's also the financial implications. I'm a struggling student trying to carve out a career, I couldn't afford that kind of thing even if there was someone willing to represent me. What's the next step?