So I made it to 10K last night (10,110 to be exact!) and I'm coming to grips with the fact that I'm writing a relatively normal fantasy novel. Or, as normal as fantasy novels can be, really. The thing about fantasy is I love it, it's my favorite genre to read and all of my favorite books are fantasy (Princess Bride, Discworld, Harry Potter, etc.), but I always told myself I couldn't write one because, let's face it, it's really hard to write an original fantasy novel.
But that's the way this one is going, and I'm kind of saying, "Damn the torpedoes," it doesn't have to be original, I just have to enjoy writing it (see my Pre-NaNo Promise). It's just VERY VERY WEIRD, because my last four novels, while they all probably fit into the fantasy genre rather poorly and with much cramming and shoving and carving off bits to make space, they really didn't have any rules. They were all sort of write-as-you-go-and-if-a-plot-emerges-cool-and-if-not-so-be-it-just-keep-talking-about-llamas. This one seems to be forming self-imposed "rules" that I can't really explain but it seems to be working. I've been telling everyone it's got the makings of a Tolkien novel as they've already spent three chapters walking. (But I think my walking is a LEETLE more interesting. Personal bias.)
WHAT I'M SAYING HERE IS I'VE NEVER WRITTEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE AND I'M STILL NOT SURE HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT, AND I HOPE I CAN KEEP UP WITH THE OVERALL VOICE I'M USING THE ENTIRE WAY THROUGH. I HOPE.