Do you ever get stuck? No, of course you don’t. You’re a writer, and that never happens to us. Yeah right. 🙂

What do you do to break out and keep writing?

I found a new solution last year that has catapulted my production and creativity. Simple yet effective: pre-made book covers.

Out Of The Blue

It all started with a random email. One of the lists I subscribe to was offering a number of pre-made book covers for sale. Always curious about design, I clicked through.

Right away I saw one that I wanted. Round and round I went thinking, “I wish I had a story I could use for this.”

Throwing caution to the wind, I bought said cover and slept on it. That night I tossed and turned, not second-guessing the tiny sum I’d just paid, but flying through the images born of the dragon on the orange cover. A new world emerged.

That book cover turned into the first book of the series The Chronicles of Benjamin Dragon. Awesome.

Round Two And Then Some

Late last year I had a hard time coming up with ideas for two of my series. Remembering the inspiration from the pre-made cover, I did an online search, finally coming across a talented designer named James.

Scrolling through his work, my mouth hanging open (I only drooled a bit), the ideas flowed like crazy. Stories and scenes revealed themselves in stark clarity. It was like a painter finding his perfect model. I was hooked.

Since then, I’ve purchased numerous covers from my new friend. I haven’t used even a portion of them yet, but I will. I keep them on my desktop and refer to them when I’m planning the next book in a series. So far, the pre-made book covers have turned into five new novels.

Time after time it’s worked.

Could it work for you?



For the next fifteen minutes, write a summary of the book Island Days, based on its cover.

Post your practice in the comments section below and please provide feedback for your peers.

Carlos Cooper
Carlos Cooper
Carlos is author of the Corps Justice novels. Get the box set of Books 1-3 for FREE HERE.