Hello all my name is Alex. I have been an avid writer for several years now, writing the occasional short story on my free time and showing them around to friends. As I have matured I have finally decided to dedicate to writing my first actual novel. I don't have a whole lot of time (being only 16 years old I'm still in high school and my passion for band takes up a lot of my life along with home work), but any extra minutes that i can scrape together have now been dedicated to writing. By joining this forum I'm hoping to post my progress (by the chapter) to get constructive criticism from other writers, and if I actually get far enough, then some help with the publishing process. Thanks for any responses to this I'm excited to become a member of the community!