I've tried to go down several different paths. I tried my hand at romance (a genre I generally hate), some weird ones (has anyone ever heard of Teslapunk? Couldn't even make that interesting!), a noir detective short story, a short story about a colony on mars, a short story about a traveller who goes to the past to kill himself and some historical fiction (18th century). All of those were destined to be quite short, 10,000-20,000 words (30K at a stretch), but nothing came of it. I couldn't piece together a good plot, since I had absolutely no ideas. And yes, I've read books in each of those genres (except Teslapunk, but I've read Dieselpunk) to try and get inspiration but found none. I 'm stumped, and have had writer's block for a few years now.