I'm someone who's working on his first novel, after having worked for a number of years as a narrative designer in a computer games company. I'm wondering how many people out there have started off in one creative genre and then tried another, be it novels, prose, poetry, plays,screenplays,graphic novels etc. Did you feel you got much benefit from skills being transferred from one form to the other or did it feel like starting from scratch. In the computer games industry, I've done plenty of dialogue writing, world building, plot planning, character creation and back story creation. Which is all helpful in giving me the creative skills to know what I want to write, but in terms of knowing how to write it, it feels like I'm very much a novice. On the plus side I feel like I've learned a lot over the last six months. Having read around on the internet, it turns out there's so much to know about good writing that just doesn't get taught in school, but it's a slow process to learn apply everything. I'm writing in third person limited, because that's what makes me feel most involved in the books that I read, but it's not a point of view I've written in much before. Computer games I guess would mostly be considered second person, because the player is the hero. The nature of description has changed a bit for me too. Before it was mostly about describing what I wanted well enough for a graphics artist to understand what I envisioned.