Re: Hey all, I'm new.
Welcome aboard, Cal20!
Some initial advice:
1. Just write. Don't read over what you've written while you're writing it (i.e. get out of the "editor's mindset"). Most of my first writing was terrible, but the act of "getting it out of my system", as it were, helped me develop my skill and style, and, as someone once said, you're not a writer 'til you've written your first million words. Get going!
2. Read! I constantly come across people who think you can be a good writer while not being a keen reader. You need to see good writing (and bad writing) all the time. You need to be toying with words even when you're not actually writing, and reading is by far the best tool for this. It can also be extremely inspirational and can get those creative juices flowing. Movies and music are also good aides if you're a little "stuck". Changing the room/location where you write can help for larger blocks.