I see first-time writers writing starting on their first fics all the time. I notice that at first, the stories don't gain much popularity. The writer isn't well known and the story isn't looked on that much. Much of the time, I will notice imperfections in the writing and I can notice the inexperience in the writer. From here, the writer can take three directions. 1. Give up, stop writing, never finish the fic. 2. Continue to write, but never really go anywhere, and never really manage to make any imrpovements to the writing skills. 3. The writer perseveres, takes advice, and manages to gain experience and improve writing skills. The writer gains some respect and manages to establish a small fanbase. Give me your thoughts on this, what were things like when you started writing and how have things progressed?