That isn't really a question I can answer because I started writing long before I started reading web novels. I can't tell you which particular web novel made me want to write one of my own, either, because shortly after I found out about web novels, I started reading several of them simultaneously, so I don't have a specific inspiration.
I'd say that brainstorming goes a long way. Open up a blank document and just let your mind wander while you're thinking about what your story and write down everything that comes to mind. Then, try to structure the resulting notes and see whether you can outline a plot out of it. If you can't, keep trying until you have enough material. I'm a plotter, so I like to fully outline my stories before I write them.
Alternatively, there's the pantser route, in which you just write the story without planning first and then revise later, but I don't recommend doing that for web novels (because you can't revise if you write and publish chapters on a daily basis unless you build up a massive stockpile), and it seems like that's not working out for you (it doesn't work for me, either; I'm not creative enough).
Probably a little longer. Just to clear this up, what's happening is that, over the last two years, I've made a LOT of notes about my two stories (plot, worldbuilding, characters, and whatnot), and I decided to get everything in order before continuing so I don't make any mistakes.
The problem here is that I keep underestimating how much it'll take to go through all the notes. I have managed to go through a lot of them over the last few days, and I'm pretty sure I'll be done by the end of this week, but ... take my words with a grain of salt.
On a side note, I'm not bothered at all by you asking. It's really my fault. I'm the one constantly coming up with deadlines I can't meet. At least once I've finished going through this, there won't be anything holding me back, so this will be the last break I take.
I'm taking this week as a break to fix some stuff about my two stories that has been brought to my attention. Next week, I'll be publishing not only next week's chapters, but also the chapters I didn't publish this week.
I see someone is back with 2 new stories as our hopes and dreams go unanswered...
BCM was on my PTR list. It sounded like something I'd enjoy. I was looking forward to it, but waiting for more chapters before committing to read it. Looks like that was a wise choice. I guess I'll give up on that one now that there is no hope for it.
Can I take your posts to mean I can expect CDR to get updates again soon?
On a related note: If you follow me because of Barely Contained Madness, you should probably unfollow me. The post below is only good news for Cultivation Done Right readers. I plan on officially discontinuing BCM on January 25 (and removing the story from this website a week after that). I tried to make it work, but I ultimately couldn't develop the premise into something I was happy with. I apologize.
@SuperHeiyan Thanks! Regarding BCM, I did consider not taking it down, but considering how little content it has, I don't think there's much of a point, and I want to avoid having people across it, failing to notice that it has been dropped, and reading it only to be disappointed later.
In any case, I'll only delete it a week after I announce its discontinuation, so the readers should have the time to preserve the parts that they're fond of (if there is any). Moreover, I will keep the actual chapters on a flash drive, so if anyone wants it, they can message me, and I'll send it to them.
I'm coming back on January 25 (two days from now). I apologize for taking so long. My "couple of weeks" ended up stretching into almost one and a half years. Clearly, I had greatly overestimated myself. In any case, the proper announcement of my return and the new chapters should be up by 18:00 UTC (again, on January 25). I won't be publishing a ton of chapters at once, but I will be consistently churning out chapters daily from now on. I'm just giving you guys a heads-up.