You can’t get something from nothing. Ideas need to come from somewhere. For fiction writers, I’m of the belief that these ideas come specifically from the subject matter that’s composted down over years and years in our subconscious.
That’s why it’s vitally important for your mind to soak up ideas like a sponge and feed that compost heap. Admittedly it’s not the most glamorous view to take of the creative process, but then again the creative process isn’t glamorous. It’s a dirt road, pocked and pitted with anger, inspiration and plain confusion. And the occasional epic, soaring, golden-eagle win.
Listen to music; revisit the stuff you loved as a kid. Rediscover what got your creative fires burning years ago, and feed those fires with more of the same. Download your favourite movie tracks and cover your walls in your thoughts. Whatever it takes to get those thoughts out and breeding in the real world. That’s what it takes to turn all those random likes and preferences into gallons of real, sloshing, writer fuel. Fuel that you only need to spark with a blank page to make it catch and burn inferno-vicious.
Now listen to this and tell me you don’t want to write something epic.