I think that the better I get at writing, the less able I am to do it. Whenever I get an idea now, it's not long before I realise how corny it would be - or, even worse, I forget it because it was about 1am and I can't be bothered getting out of bed and writing it down. I've always thought that one day The Idea or The Character would come along, would just arrive in my head and voila! Everything would be easy. Perhaps it will but I doubt it. I've come to the conclusion that everything you love doing is hard, hard work - because you love it so much, you want it to be the best and you're not happy with okay, whether it's writing, music, photography, sports, painting, etc etc. So even if you get a great idea, it's not going to realise itself automatically. Most of the work will be done by you. Ugh. How depressing. There's a quote I've heard somewhere that goes something like this: Writing is easy. All you have to do is go over to the typewriter and open a vein.