A.S. (Ante Scriptum): I’m playing Devil’s Advocate here in the hope that you will ‘rage, rage against the dying of the light.’
It’s a simple fact the there are more fiction books in existence now than one person could possibly read in a lifetime. Add to this the supposition that all plots, themes and genres have been thoroughly explored, and you surely come to the conclusion that no-one need write anything ‘new’ for a long, long time.
In the face of this inescapable logic and the ocean of printed matter we have, surely it’s time to gather a huge pile of our favourite tomes, find somewhere cosy, and just curl up to read all those lovely books.
My question is: what techniques can we use to motivate ourselves to exercise our creative writing spirit when it’s all been done before and in such volume?