Fantasy has been calling my name too, after all this sci-fi, lol.
I've been reading a lot more 'litrpg' type fantasy because I'm curious about how it works. Or at the very least, fantasy worlds that are set up more like a game, with magical items and skill levels, stuff like that. (more so than the VR 'I got stuck in a game' side of it)
So I've read like.. three (in progress on the third) and well, my favorites so far are ones that aren't quite LitRPG by their standards.
NPCs by Drew Hayes is a series that kinda blends a real life D&D campaign with the actual game world that the real life players are in - so there's two rplots throughout the story, that of the NPCs who take up a quest that a group of actual adventurers butchered and the real life equivalent which is the group's DM trying to figure out why this campaign is doing *really* weird stuff. It's funny and pretty light.
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe is what I'm reading right now and it involves a teenager who's currently in magic school to get good so he can go into the magical, leveled tower to rescue his brother. I'm a sucker for magic school tbh and I love the idea of people learning magic in school. Everyone has their own magical attunement (there's elemental, something to do with swords, you can be like a paladin, healer. MC boy has the Enchanter class so he can make magic items and runes)
Neither one of those quite has the stats and game elements that litrpg normally has, but eh, I think I like them better so far. I'm still exploring the genre, trying to find the stories with more female characters (and authors) since the genre has a sort of bad reputation for having terrible female characters and harem-esque romances lol.
Anyone else write epics? Those over 100k, monsters of books that hopefully read fast but have so much packed into their pages?
Anyone else write them and want to publish? Do you share my debut novel fears?
I may not have posted here before this, but yes, I have several stories which would qualify for the category 'epic', as they are closer to 200-300k instead of only 100k. As for wanting to publish, I got one done, but I need to finish the smaller series which the second book became before I have any hope of being able to publish it. And that led to many others being closer to being dond than the one which was supposed to be second in line. And worse, the one which was to have followed after the first series hasn't been written as yet;it's only a title and a scrap of notes hiding in the back of my computer files somewhere, in what looks remarkably like shame. But as for debut novel fears, I was so wrapped up in the surrealism of having published my own words at all, I couldn't feel anything but excitement. Until I realized the book wasn't selling, of course, then I began to wonder if it was me... if I just didn't have any real talent for writing.
But no one will read it with an eye toward being honest with me about what they like, don't like and would change about it. or how they would improve what they had read.
So, my fears aren't for the new novel, but for what could happen if people were to find out what a fraud I actually am, pretending to a talent I may not have
Post by dragonwriterhp on Sept 21, 2020 22:42:08 GMT -5
Great question. It's something I still haven't been able to do. Everything I've written is fantasy of some sort whether it be high, urban, science, whatever else. I don't know I'll ever successfully write anything that isn't fantasy. It's just not as fun!
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