I know that every write experiences writer's block at one time or another, but my condition seems to only become progressively worse. I plan on writing what I call an epic historical fiction novel--a novel that follows one family and the subsequent generations over about 20 or 30 years--this is a hard thing to tackle as it would be very labor-intensive and call for dedication, both things that I am willing to do. I spent about three years creating a lexicon of the time period (1870-1900) so that I could refer to it throughout writing I have everything from old newspapers, letters, society columns, biographies of famous people from the time as well as lesser-known people who I may or may not be basing my characters of of--culminating to a 500+ page notebook, a messy office full of file folders and countless late-night flipping through books late into the night. All these things I was willing to do... BUT the hangup is, when I finally felt confident enough to sit down and begin writing I had nothing. I had painted a picture of this lavish period in US history but I couldn't take it anywhere. I created all my characters, made family trees, and wrote up some backgrounds on them so I was organized and knew where I was taking it. This was a year ago, almost to the day, and now on March 26th, 2013 I'm still sitting here and I can barely get past 30,000 words because after making introductions and establishing characters I have absolutely nowhere to take the story. Has anyone else had problems like this? Any suggestions for a solution? HELP ME!