I think I may have discovered the reason why all writers are mad. It's called editing.
I only wrote the story in question last year, but I'm actually rather surprised at how much I've improved since then ... not that that was hard judging by how bad it is! There's continuity issues, grammar issues and (thanks to my non-existant Spell Checker) more typos than I could count in a lifetime. I need to get it all to flow, and yet not bore my reader stiff with my overlong beginning.
I think I need to work out who I'm writing for first - younger teens or people my age? Probably the younger category, seeing as there's not much in the story that I can think of many people my age enjoying.
Still, there's hope right? And it'll teach me the value of patience.
That is, if I don't jump out of the window first :P