I’ve been watching the writing business from afar for a few months now (like fifteen+ months if I’m being honest) and I’ve been keeping close eye on the fantasy genre. Mostly, I do this because I’m curious as to what is coming out. I’m especially curious about the kind of fantasy getting published.
I guess the risk in this is being influenced to touch a specific kind of fantasy or subgenre just to be relevant or “buy worthy”. I never wanted to do this as I grew as a writer but anytime you write a genre, some of those traditional or cliche elements bleed through. It happens and there’s balance that I have to find.
For myself, I love the genre but have always followed the advice, “Write what you want to read,” first. I admit wanting to explore other genres but I find myself encouraged and excited to hit the keyboard every day. If nothing else, I think I need to keep on that path.
Little side note, I was working on my book yesterday and finally put in some much-needed fixes for my magic system. For nine years I have sort of known about this problem and overlooked it. Not because I just waved it away but because I trusted the solution would present itself. I didn’t know it would be so many years but it finally came. There’s a long exhale that comes when something glaring in the whole story finally gets fixed by your own hand and not by someone you’re trying to impress, hahaha!
Things are sharpening and shapening up. A few more things on my list to do. It’s a marathon that I plan to finish. I’m a bit slower than I hoped but I hold steady.
Call to Action: Whoa dang… we are a week and a half away from baby time. I’m asking for prayers and encouragement for patience these last few days. Go ahead and include my wife in there too. She’s ready for this baby boy to be out!