Hello, 1) My goal for this progress journal, like it says above in this forum editing station, "...to update the thread to their [my] progress. By setting public goals, keeping accountable and making progress becomes much easier." I am a master procrastinator! I have wanted to write so bad my entire life, but it's not until now that I have pushed my self to the edge of the endless, sharpened, jagged cliff and realized I have to do it. Hopefully, this will be the next step. 2) The story I'm writing: it's about the life of Retriever. (Everything is subject to change at this stage) I don't want to give anything away yet but, it has a lot to do with adventure, mystery, torture, death, love, happiness, and sublime. There's a huge something-something at the end that I'm very excited about, but this is a long road ahead and you will learn more as we go. I like writing with morals and to piss off my readers. I also love the interaction. 3) As I write this (once I get passed the outline stage) I will write, beta read, and edit and publish by chapters, hopefully onto Wattpad. It's my first story and novel and I don't want to do it with the goal of selling it. I want people to read it and yell at me and make fun of my writing or completely love it because I'm the best ever. I want to get better. Most of all. I want to write. I think this will be fun. 4) Right now: Over the last 8 weeks I have brainstormed in my humanities class (hey! It's better than falling asleep. Wait, is it? Sleep is pretty great) and come up with a rough rough outline. In huge notebook, I have begun to have trouble forming my ideas clearly. I still need to research some stuff and add it in my outline and fill holes, I need to develop backstories and morals of the characters, and I need to dive into the actual events into the stories. I'm going to whip out the sheets in my notebook and attached them to my wall. From there I will have specific chapters and characters on the side that I can write about more deeply. Then, I will probably be better off to know what's next. It's 2:30 a.m. Let's do it tomorrow!