Writers are storytellers. So what to do if you love a number of literary genres and enjoy the act of putting words down on a page, but have no stories to tell? For a lot of writers, stories just spring from their imaginations unbidden and scream to be told. The problem for them is how to organize all the ideas struggling for primacy, and then how to use language to best effect to get the story across to readers. But for those of us who don't have stories pouring out us, what methods are available for getting our imaginations to generate them? When I was in film school, I recall a professor who taught screenwriting. In the very first lecture he introduced us to a series of critical questions we, as aspiring screenwriters, should ask ourselves before spending too much time and effort on any particular project. One of those questions was: Do you love the story you are telling? This is important because screenwriters will spend a lot of time with their screenplays. Not just while writing them, but afterwards when it comes time to shop them around and try to get them produced. They'll be spending years intimately locked in creative battle with a script, so they had better really, really, really love their stories. The same can be said, I think, for novels. And therein lies the rub. I have yet to meet a story idea (of my own creation) that I liked enough to spend a week working on, much less a month, a year, or many years. I lose interest in my story ideas very quickly. Which suggests to me that I just don't have any stories worth telling--after all, if they don't grab me how can I expect them to grab anyone else? Does anyone else have this problem? Or is having stories to tell such a fundamental prerequisite that even the question ("How to be a writer when you have nothing to say?") is completely non-sensical?