I used to write a lot of short stories and even had a few unfinished novels when I was in middle school and high school. Then I went to college and stopped writing fiction. I still wrote song lyrics, essays, blog posts, and freelance articles - generally more formal, argumentative, non-fiction, and topic-based material. It's been a long time since I've written fiction, but now that I've graduated, I'd like to pursue it again. I have a few ideas for novels I'd like to pursue, but frankly, it's a little intimidating after not writing fiction in so long. I'm basically a new writer as far as writing fiction goes (especially since I was so young when I wrote fiction). Though I've written a lot over the past few years, writing non-fiction, essays, and freelance articles is nothing like writing fiction. How do I get back to writing fiction? Should I treat myself as a new writer and "try to learn how to write", or should I just dive in? I was thinking of participating in our contests and writing prompts to get the feel for fiction. I also might read more fiction and evaluate the author's style and techniques. What would you do? How should I approach this?