So I joined this forum to help motivate me to write and to learn more about writing. Unfortunately I haven't been doing so well with the writing part of it! I think this Progress Journal forum is a cool idea and maybe will help motivate me to write more daily. I have several different stories in progress, but my current main goal is to simply write, so I will be discussing all of them in the same thread. I actually have a folder on my computer labeled "Works in Progress" where I have 6 stories in different stages. Yes, I know that's a lot. Some of them are old stories that are just in there in case I have a brilliant idea to revitalize them. I like having them all in one place, something I decided to do recently. Until recently it had been a LONG time since I had written anything. I'm really trying to motivate myself to stick with this, but it might be difficult because it's been a while. In the past I've tried to write one thing at a time which didn't work out very well, so I'm giving myself permission to work on many different things to see how that goes. Not to say that I'm actually working on all these stories at once, but I'm allowing myself to if I want to, rather than being so strict with fixating on just one, if that makes sense. I'll give a brief synopses of the different stories and the current progress here and update it as I go. I'm giving them nicknames instead of their actual titles for privacy's sake. The top two are the ones I've been working on the most. 1. "Water" About: Middle-aged man is diagnosed with a fatal disease, steals from his brother and brother's wife and runs off to Hollywood to "live it up." Ends up with more than he bargained for, running into an underground criminal operation and complicates a lot of people's lives. Progress: Have a rough plot and a list of characters. Started writing anyways. I think I'll kind of alternate plotting and writing as I feel like it. Word count: 13117 words 2. "Author" About: This story is very strange and unlike anything I've ever written. It's sort of a collection of short stories that have a theme and tie together in the end. Not sure how to describe it without giving away the ending. Progress: I've done zero plotting on this and am just writing and coming up with ideas as I go, which is kind of a fun change of pace. I've finished two short story/chapters and am in the middle of the third short story/chapter. Word count: 6,357 words 3. "Fake Romance Novel" About: Basically this is kind of a romance/comedy novel, except my expectation is that the characters won't end up together in the end. It is heavily character-based but I'm having some issues with the plot, for obvious reasons. Maybe this is something that can't be done, but I'm giving it a shot! Progress: I have three character sketches and some ideas for the plot written down. I also plan on having a fourth character but I think he will be introduced later in the story. I started writing the first scene but I don't like the tone so I plan on completely rewriting it. Word count: 786 (sort of) 4. "Loyalty" About: A long time ago, human-like aliens invaded earth, but now they are accepted into society, mostly. The main character believes she is just an ordinary teenager (of the alien variety) until one day she is kidnapped, and realizes the world, herself, and her family, is completely not what she thought. Progress: I've loosely plotted the whole story, completed character sketches for 4 characters, and began writing chapter 1. Word count: 739 5. YA Fantasy Novel About: Six teenagers start out in the church basement and are randomly transported to a strange land, where one of them is kidnapped and they soon find out they all possess strange powers. They have to figure out how to get along with each other, find the kidnapped teen, and hope that they eventually will be returned to their world. Is it all just random or is there some reason behind their adventures? I started writing this one a LONG time ago, and it's the farthest I've ever progressed with any novel I've written, which is why I haven't completely thrown it out yet. Progress: I've plotted the entire novel, so if I ever want to keep writing it it wouldn't be hard for me to pick up where I left off. I've written 12/28 scenes as well. Word count: 21,562 6. "Rose" About: A young woman goes to visit family she has never met before, only to discover some bizarre secrets and the fact that everyone lies. This book I thought up a really, really long time ago, and played around with in my head for a long time. More recently, but still quite a while ago, I actually started working on writing it. I don't see myself reviving this anytime soon but I'm still keeping it on the back burner just in case. Progress: I have a sketch of the entire plot of the book and the significant subplot, detailed character analysis of 7 major characters, and barely started writing chapter 1 before quitting. Word count: 1,105 I'm getting discouraged even just thinking/writing about my stories. I have a serious problem where I think everything I write is complete crap, which I know you're not supposed to think until after the first draft is done, lol (when the editing begins). Well my goal for now is to write every day, and then eventually to finish a first draft! I want to have something I can actually edit! So now I will go off and write something! I haven't decided if it's better to set a daily word goal or a daily time goal so I will have to figure that out.