I'm starting this a little late in the game for most people, but it's pretty early for me. My inspiration tends to come in sudden waves; like, I'll just be listening to music or watching TV and I'll just be hit with an idea. To try and account for this, I'll go on a bit of a writing binge where I do nothing but write for about a week straight, get the first ten chapters done to get a feel for the characters, and then go searching for more inspiration. Just to clarify, my initial plots are normally really, really boring. It's only after the "more inspiration" phase that they tend to get interesting. That being said, I have very little experience actually finishing books (read: none) and this might just be going for the book I'm writing so far. Sorry to go expounding my writing process to you all, but I had to clarify that I was in the "more inspiration" phase right now. So, to give you the general idea of the story, it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that uses orphans as slaves, just under different names to make it seem "okay". The main character is one of these slaves, and she's trying to make it in the world and protect her little brother from afar, as the two genders are kept separate because romance isn't allowed. That's the very, very basics of the beginning of the story, but I'm not going to go into too much detail, and as I said, this is pretty early in development for me. This book started as a one-off story, but at the end of the new, improved story (in the middle of the more inspiration phase) there's a lot of plot threads left hanging, so I think it's turning into a bit of a series. Also, I would go and tell the title of the book, but as of right now, it doesn't have one. I also said I was a pretty inexperienced writer; I don't yet have the best ideas, a lot of them are stupid, but at least there's a lot of them. Anyway, that being said, please tell me if my ideas are stupid, if a motivation doesn't make sense, or if there's otherwise something wrong or boring with a plot or my writing. I'd really appreciate the constructive criticism as far as that goes. Anyway, let me introduce the main character: Her name is Lavelle, she's twenty, she's French, though that's a secret because foreigners are highly mistrusted in the society she lives in, to the point of her mother was killed for being French. She starts the story mistrustful, guarded, and depressed. She's very hopeless about her situation as a veritable slave, but she keeps all her emotions packed inside because she doesn't trust anyone enough to share her feelings with them. She tends to have a bit of a sardonic and mocking view of the world and thinks it's beyond repair, but she does have a bit of a softer side, too. She loves her little brother with absolutely everything and will do anything to keep him safe. She also loves poetry, and longs to write her own; however, being a slave-under-a-different-name, doing anything but the things she's meant to do are highly frowned upon. By the way, these slaves are developing names over on the setting development forum, if you want to look at that. As far as goals go, I don't really have any so far. I live in this sort of perpetual limbo of needing goals to remember to do stuff but also not doing these things well because I pressure myself into completing those goals even under extreme situations. For right now, I'll just leave that open, because I'm developing plot right now and not really focusing on writing itself. I want to make sure that what I write is good before I write it, if that makes any sense.