Hi, I'll start out by giving you a little bit of background about myself I'm 17 and have wrote for a little more than a year, and I'm self taught. I learned about writing by practicing, experimenting with different techniques, and pushing myself in different areas... Well, 3 areas I have trouble in are Word Count, and Plot Development, and Commitment / Rushing. I write only fanfiction on Fanfiction.net for right now to practice and because publishing is easy as a few clicks... Now then, to talk about my problems ~~~Plot Development~~~ I like to talk in metaphor, so I'll explain my problem straight forward, then for a weird example, I'll explain using metaphor as well. Well, I can get a general idea for a book... I probably think of over 1,000 book ideas a day, but I can never write them because I get scared of "What if I don't know what to do with it and where to go with it? Ie: A story about a boy being kidnapped, then found and returned to his mother. But the plot, I lack, and it ends up affecting both my quality and word count. Ie: What happens to the little boy? Why is he so important? What do the criminals want? What else can happen to add more to the story (That's where I really lack) Metaphor style... Lets use toast as an example... The toast is your base (Or general idea of the story, IE: Example 1 above) But you have to put butter and jelly on the toast (Example 2)... My problem is that I can't seem to put enough butter or jelly so it ends up as a simple piece of toast... My current plot development technique is that I graph out what happens in every chapter before I start writing and set a word count goal for each of those chapters. ~~~Word Count~~~ I'm a bit ignorant about Word Count, and sometimes I feel like I'm setting too high of a word count goal for a story, yet other times I feel like I'm setting too low of a word count goal. For instance, a story about kidnapping (If I write one), I'll expect myself to come up with 40,000 words at least. I have one story right now that's about a family of 6 teens, well, one of them has been screwing up a lot lately and is causing his 2 Brothers and 3 girls to hate him, + one of them being the girl of his dreams and one day, she says to his face that she wishes he was dead. So he jumps off a bridge but survives and faces a journey ahead of him. One year later, he returns and the girl is engaged to his brother and the girl who wanted his brother is all alone, so they come together thinking of ways to break them apart. Well, The bridge jumper and the engaged girl of his dreamed end up kidnapped hostages by thugs desperate for money, and they start drowning the bridge jumper as a torture technique to get him to speak up. He passes out from the lack of oxygen and wakes up in a hospital 2 days later after the girl of his dream saved him and carried him across the Great Basin Desert to get back home in California. When he wakes up, he has some disabilities, like memory loss and eye sight trouble. His brother realizes he's trying to take his fiance away from him and attacks the bridge jumper, putting him in another much smaller coma but the dreams of his coma restore his memory, he finds that the engaged girl has a scar going down her side from where the captors tried to kill her, so he goes into a rage and despite his disabilities, he hunts the captors down. When he comes back, he finds that his brother is on the edge of being killed for his attack and so The bridge jumper rescues the attacker brother and helps him restore his place in the family... Once all is said and down, Bridge Jumper gets the girl of his dream and Attacker Brother gets the girl who had always loved him. So what do you think of this plot? From looking at this plot, I (Honestly) see a 100,000 word plot... But with my skill in word count... it'll be a 60,000 word plot because of my poor plot developement for the butter of this piece of bread.. (See above under "Plot Development") 100,000 words in the plot's potentional, but 70,000 or less in my potential... but, like I said, I might be setting an over goal with 100,000 words, maybe 50,000 - 70,000 words IS a potential length for this story? What do you guys think? My words per chapter is kind of low in my opinion, I average 2,300 - 2,800 words per chapter.... Is this low? Is this a pretty solid setting? What's your guys suggested Words per chapter goal...? I've seen someone do 2,000 words per chapter, 20 chapter story with 40,000 words and it was the best story on the planet from its reviews, yet I've seen another person do the same exact general idea with (I can't rem the average words per chapter) 18 chapters and 100,000 words, it was highly received as well but not as much as the first one... (What I mean is, both received just about the same score, but more people read the first one) ~~~ Commitment / Rushing ~~~ I have a problem staying focused on one story, generally, with any story, I get to about chapter 3-5 on any story and suddenly, my flames starting to die for it... I mean, when I first started writing it, I thought it was the best story ever and yet I still do, I read it once a week, yet I just can't find the influence to keep writing it despite knowing what I want to do with it... Also, chapter rushing... This might also be a problem with my word count, but I'm a fast paced / impatient person sometimes, so I end up getting slightly less detailed and move faster on my stories a lot. I have a way I'm fixing this though, I'm starting to write only 300 - 500 words a day each morning until the chapter is complete so that I can post it. so questions I need answered... * How do I work on Plot Development? * Am I setting my word count goals to high? * How many words should my new story be? * What should I aim for as an average words per chapter count? * How can I stay committed? * How can I slow myself down? THANK YOU!