Hi all, Being an inconsiderate person, I dove straight into posting without introducing myself. Now that my social skills have caught up... I'm Si. I enjoyed creative writing as a kid, but went down other paths after high school. A couple of years ago, I went through a rough patch and took some time off my current vocation, during which I started dipping my toes back into writing. I've returned to my main pursuit now, but writing remains as a hobby I wish I had more time for (I'd consider changing professions if I was lucky/talented enough to have any success as a dilettante). My WIP (...the P is debatable...) is a severe revision of the monolithic novel I was writing off-the-cuff for 3 years in high school ('influenced by' is probably more accurate than 'revision'). I did have some good ideas buried amidst the hormones and shameful naivete. No title yet. I've become what I expect most would call a meticulous planner and haven't even started a draft yet, for better or worse. I don't intend to have every minute detail planned out, as I want some spontaneity, but I do want to intimately know the main characters and where the plot is going before I start. I have a pretty good grip on the plot, and am currently half-way through writing a profile for the last of my MCs. When I 'planned my plan', I incorporated some exercises into steps so that I'd have a chance to work on my writing technique too, although I think my style will change once I start drafting. My main aim is to entertain but I'd also like to discuss issues I consider important. Which probably just means I'm sugarcoating my moralising, but hopefully it won't be too obvious In trying to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, I seem to have painted myself into YA (although not specifically trying). I should point out that 'meticulous planning' is only the approach I took to this piece. I quite like experimenting and would like to try out a 'completely impromptu' approach in future to see how the results differ (...if I ever arrive at a result). I occasionally dabble in poetry and lyricism too, and also wrote short stories back in high school. My non-writing interests are: music (listening to, writing, playing, producing), mythology/folklore, mixology (cocktails), some sports (not a follower of leagues though), card games (especially hearts), prestidigitation (at a very amateur level), animals, sustainability/conservation/environment. Because of these last two categories I'm vegan (...this is always a tin of worms...), but try not to be too idealistic/militant/sanctimonious. I'll let you judge how successful I am. And now you know far too much about me. Thanks for having me!