Hi everyone, I was thinking of trying my hand at writing. I haven't done much creative writing since I was at school and I'm in my 30s now, although I used to get very positive feedback from my teachers. Part of my inspiration has come from A Song of Ice and Fire by George. R R Martin, where I'm so desparate to read the conclusion of the story I'm thinking "fuck it, I'll do it myself". Not to literally finish GRRM's story for him as such, although I hear there is a lot of fan fiction for the series, but to start my own story. I am a big fan of fantasy novels. I started reading the Game of Thrones books after deciding I couldn't wait for the next television series. And after finishing those books I looked for other good fantasy books and loved The Name of The Wind, The Way of Kings, The Lies of Locke Lomora, to name a few. I don't really have a solid idea for a story, and as a result I have procrastinated on writing anything for a while now. When I try to imagine a fantasy story I immediately hit a block as I realise just how much research must be required for an authentic medieval/renaissance type world, so I've stopped writing before I've even started. I think it might be just best if I started writing anything, off the top of my head. And then worry about being accurate/authentic later on. Does anyone else here write off the top of their head or am I just being lazy? Douglas Adams, brilliant though his Hitchhikers Guide books are, always struck me as having a writing style/method that wasn't hampered by checking notes, facts, etc. I.e. off the top of the head and free-flowing. Anyway, it looks like a great forum and have already picked up some great information. Any advice would be appreciated.