Okay this is going to be a long post. You're warned, lol. How I came to want to write is a bit weird. Since I was little, I don't know why I did that, but whenever I loved a manga, I would create a character, insert it in the story and then daydream about her. It was always a girl. Sometimes, she was tall, other times short, blond, brunette, with magical power, without magical powers...etc. Basically, she was constantly changing. I only become really into reading books around 2010. Weirdly enough, Twillight was the series that got me into reading. I remember back in 2009, I was 14 and totally in love with Bella's story. Nowadays, Twillight is on my "why was this even published" shelves, but without it I wouldn't have realized how much I loved books. So I guess, in a way I must thank Stéphanie Meyer . From Twillight, I read the Vampire Academy series (which I absolutly loved) and then I decided to write my own story. At the time, I knew naught about plots, developping a character and all that stuff. So basically, my story didn't develop much but it stayed at the back of my mind. There's this thing I must tell you guys. I've always wanted to write a fantasy book, almost unconsciously. You see I love fantasy. I remember watching my brother play video games such as Legend of Dragoons and Final Fantasy and be mesmerized. So when I was 12 (at the time I was also a huge fan of Naruto), I decided to write my own book. As you must have guessed, it didn't go anywhere. But yeah, in a way, me wanting to write now, is the result of things that happened years and years ago. Anyway, fast forward to late 2012 and 2013. At that time, the book idea that sprouted into my mind in 2010 hadn't Evolved much. However, writing did become important in my life. I started studying journalism at uni and therefore, I was thrust into writing. Most of my assessments were portfolios of article. Truth be told I was initially a poor writer. In any case, by 2013, writing a book was back on my to do list. So I started researching ideas for the plot, building the world, thinking about a magic system..etc. It would be an understatement to say that it was complicated. I didn't think much about the characters. That girl I talked in my first paragraph, that I loved to insert in my daydreaming. Well, she was still there and she was going to be the MC of my story. Of course, I changed her a lot to fit my story. Now, July 2015. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I barely wrote anything for my book or even any short stories. The thing is writing a story is hard and I know I'm not very good at it (lack of practice). Because of that, I often procrastinate. But the thing is I really want to write this book that's been on my since a bit more than a decade now. Besides, I realized that time was flying fast and before I knew it, I would be 30 without having ever written anything. This is why I decided to join this forum. Because I decided to take writing seriously and really practice. I opened this journal because I needed to track my progress and I needed some place where I could write down my writing goals. I'm currently on holyday, with lots of free time. So hopefully, I'll be able to use that time to improve. My current goals now is to do a writing prompt once a week. Writing digest has tons of writing prompts so that's the one I'm planning to use. Hopefully, it'll help me to improve. Another reason why I couldn't get anywhere with my book is because, I kept havign new ideas and consequently changed the plot/world building. So I had an idea. I'm going to write short stories based on the ideas I had. They don't need to follow the real timeline of my story. Basically, I've given myself the goal to write and finish such short story in a week. Also, besides I have other book ideas besides the one, I had since 2013. So I want to write short stories based on them. Anyway, basically each week I'm going to do two writing assignment: a writing prompt and a short story. I hope I'll truly be able to reach my goals . I'll update my progress regularly and maybe I'll take more about my stories ideas. Also, I'll probably post all my writing in my personal blog on the forum and if I think one of my short story isn't too bad, I'll post it in the writing workshop. If anyone has any ideas how I could improve or don't mind giving me feedback on what I write, please do so! That would be really helpful.