Do you know what you'd like to write? Genre makes a difference in the answer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Violet2, I'm not exactly sure what I want to write about. That's part of the problem. I enjoy the idea of writing because I love how the words fit together like a puzzle to make something larger. It feels like solving a math equation to me. So satisfying. This is why I am a soft pastel artist. The way the colors fit together satisfy me. My explanation probably sounds a little nutty but it's what draws me to wanting to write. The problem is I haven't the foggiest idea where to begin.<br><br>
Well, then the first place to start is to spend some time writing whatever appeals to you or interests you, just to get a feel for what 'turns you on' as a writer. Free associate, explore without placing any limits or expectations on yourself and see what comes out.<br><br>
As far as basic mechanics of fiction writing, the RWA (Romance Writer's Associaton) often has local chapter meetings. Even if you don't write romance, this is a great organization for beginning writers. Lots of support for newbies. Online, there's Absolute Write.com and Holly Lisle's Vision e-zine. Holly Lisle.com has some excellent free e-books and many, many essays on writing. She writes sf/f but her advice applies to any genre and is really, really excellent. She's also a lovely person.<br><br>
You could also google to see what local writing conferences are held in your area and attend one. These can run from cheap to slightly expensive, but worth your time as you'll meet other people, find new resources, and learn new things. If you go, talk to people, meet people, <i>connect</i>, don't hide in a corner. Build a network that will support you as a writer.<br><br>
As for nonfiction, local papers usually have some openings for freelancers. You may not get paid, but you can start a clip file that can lead to payment. Visit the websites of any local media and see if they have any contributor guidelines or contact them for their guidelines/interests for freelance work.<br><br>
How about finding a creative writing class or a literature class of interest to you and enrolling. Most community colleges will offer these classes online which is great for a family. Last fall I took a women writers literature class and was most surprised by how much I enjoyed writing about how I was processing the pieces. I know it sounds sort of strange to think about a literature class online, but we really had great discussions. I learned so much.