So I've elected to take up writing as something of a hobby recently. Fiction naturally. But I am have a dilemma. I haven't the slightest Idea where to begin. They say that the best way to improve your writing is to write more. Writing more creates discipline. Writing more creates technique. Writing more creates structure. How do you develop these things if you cannot get to the initial phase of writing? You can't. Is there anything in particular you should take into consideration while writing, any particular exercises? Any specific goals to aim for? Is there anything I should write about exclusively or is freeform writing good enough? Is there some sort of unspoken occult ritual of writers I'm unaware of? An I simply worrying too much about what to write and not the actual writing process? In the most simple and vulgar terms: What the hell do you do? Mind you, I was fully aware that I wasn't going to just turn into a savant overnight with this. It is something enjoyable and not a chore. But I just want to ask what are some things I should keep in mind while writing. You know, to at least point me in the right direction. Pointers, Protips, Rules of thumb, a lifeline might I request. To somebody whose actually been through this same kind of conflict if not something similar. Like I said aside from writing dialogues for plays and participatng in a forum roleplay every once in a blue moon, my writing expertise and understanding of the lexicon among writers is fairly limited. Hell, my grammar even sucks. I'm only making hypotheses on where I place my commas as I type this. For the past few weeks, there has been nothing on this earth more intimidating to me than staring down at a blank sheet of paper. I find that my nerve takes absence fro me and my senses are more than eager to follow. The excitement I felt is toppled by paranoia and paranoia begets frustration; frustration then ensues in me unwittingly gulping down several high surgar energy drinks simultaneously that sends me quickly trodding down the path of becoming a diabetic. Then the sugar crash takes a hold of me and I pass out. I wake up with a throbbing headache and my brain reduced to the consistency of lumpy oatmeal. Kind of like a really bad hangover threefold. Not really, that was just me being melodramatic. So yeah, any pointers and such you have for me would be much appreciated.