Someone once told me the answer to writer’s block is: read, read, read and then write, write, write. There is a lot of truth in this, but I’m sure the person who asked the question didn’t want a simplistic answer.
I’ve never had the problem – not in the sense that I couldn’t write a single word. I could, at the very least, if I had an idea, conjure up at least one or two words relevant to the story I had in mind.
I think all of us when we have the urge to write a book, will have some idea what genre the story might fit into; be it thriller, romance, science fiction, fantasy, war or historical.
Here I am referring to fiction. I assume the non-fiction writer has the expertise on hand for their chosen subject, and a wealth of material they can research to help them put pen to paper.
Being a creative writer is different, but it is a craft that can be learned and a technique you can use for every story you create, no matter how long it takes.
So, what do I do? Well, my main genre is sci-fi/fantasy. It’s one where I have combined two genres, as I believe it suits best the stories I write – The Timecrack Adventures.
My idea is Time and Space Travel. Those are words I begin with on my blank sheet. I then think of the characters who will do the travelling, As I believe my story will work for the Young Adult and older market, I create two young brothers and their names: Archie and Richard, along with a girlfriend, Kristin, also added to the sheet.
And as time travel is involved, I added words that relate to ancient worlds, dinosaurs and pyramids. Space travel added more words such as the cosmos, Androt robots and new dimensions.
As you can imagine, this didn’t happen overnight, but there are now two Timecrack books, which have proven to be very popular, with a third one on the way to the publisher. And they all started on a blank sheet.
I hope this helps you to fill in your own blank sheet!
Plus a reminder: There are free chapter reads for Timecrack and Copanatec online at: