Hi Elaine welcome to FW! This is an awesome sight and an answer to my prayers too. Unlike many other sites, the people here have a sincere desire to help you become the best writer possible.
You already hold a special place in my heart because my mom's name was Elaine, if you're only half as special as she was you'd still be off the charts in specialness.
FW has so many wonderful things to offer. If you can afford the few extra dollars a month to upgrade to a gold or platinum membership it is so totally worth it. The perks are incredible. The biggest is the weekly writing challenge. It definitely gets the most views. People lead some great feedback that has helped me grow as a writer so much.
On the message boards you may want to check out Jan's Writing Basics. It's great for all levels of writers and Jan is great about replying to each post.
Have fun exploring and don't hesitate to ask any questions. I look forward to getting to know you as well as read some of your work.