Well hi there folks. I've just registered and thought it only polite to drop a few words in your direction by way of an introduction. Jonnypneumonic is the name (John) and yes, you've guessed it, i have i passion for writing; be it letters, business plans of one of my more creative works of genius - lol. I've been published a few times in magazines (both in off the shelf consumer type media AND employment / industry based works) and have had my share of featured letters etc in the local press on any number of occasions. However as these appearances are unpaid submissions (although i have won a few nice items for my work) i don't count myself as "being published". I'm currently working on a combination sci-fi/thriller which is written; but unfortunately only in the respect that its all in my head and on a million bits of paper. I have most of the ground work done, timeline of the story worked out and the background of the main characters established. I can see the entire story in my head; its just getting it down on paper thats the hard bit. The issue i have is that my writing style is more 'visual' than it is 'dialogue' based. By that i mean i write as if i'm creating a movie script rather than a novel. i find it remarkably easy to set the tone, establish the storyline, introduce characters and the settings. yet when it comes to inter-character dialogue i struggle. I put this down to being a child of the video age. So needless to say my target audience / market is the movie industry, but i still want to drip my creative juices on the bookshelf that is the novel sector. I honestly believe (but dont we all) that i have the makings of an excellent sci-fi thriller on the go here, something totally different to what been seen previously; with the first scratchings of a horror story coming on slowly in the background too. The one thing i'd welcome from this forum is advice on correct script writing format; finding and working with agents; getting published; not to mention any competitions that might be on the go. I look forward to chatting with you and sharing views. JP.