I feel like I'm just plain stuck with what I'm thinking up for my latest novel. I've given up on so many novels, I can't keep count. The only sort of writing exercise I keep going on is on the fan fiction works, e.g Mass Effect games, because it's easier to do stories with a pre existing template. Funny thing is, this was what Shakespeare often did, he took in stories and gave it his own spin and nobody often was the wiser. e.g Holinshed Chronicles. But I don't feel like I have the depth of his language, or of a Joyce even though I switch styles after a while if I write long enough. Writers of ExC, how do you think up original content? I'm nearly at my wits' end regarding this. I don't want to keep doing fan fiction forever. I want to be like Tolkien, Joyce and Shakespeare, to be able to create something original in essence.