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  • I have put off writing this very first story, not out of laziness or apathy, but because my anxiety had left me paralyzed. Everyone here seems so intelligent and well-written, and I feared my words would be horribly weak and inadequate by comparison. You cannot see how incompetent I am if I never write anything. I do not know if I should have attempted to enter in to such a clever crowd...

    However, that is not what I joined this community to do; I came here to write and share my own experiences. I have been writing like a mad woman since I was young, and I never questioned my passion for the written word. I was teased throughout my years of schooling for my writing ability, but my teachers and professors were always very impressed and supportive. I am poor at verbalizing my thoughts and ideas, but through writing I am able to express the many things I cannot seem to say. I am not a professional writer, and other than a few courses of writing and composition while in school, I have had no serious training. That is not going to stop me; I will write and do so with pride and confidence in my words.

    I am a new member here, and I have finally written my first story. It is not much of a story, but I believe it is a necessary preface to subsequent stories. This cowbird has hatched and is now feebly and awkwardly testing her wings, preparing for flight.
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