Yes, I am writing a fantasy novel for the first time in my life (if you don't count that SF/F thing I did in high school). And as I'm about 35K words in, I've learned some things...
I love the fact that when I'm feeling like the book is dragging, all I have to do is insert a mythical beast and mayhem ensues.
I hate that I have to make up every single freakin' name. It's not like I can have Susans and Bobs and Larrys and Lauras running around. And they each have to be unique. And every single person they meet has a goddamn name.
I love that I have to make up pretty much everything else.
I hate that I'm going to have to go back and research all the little things - like what the hell they'd be wearing in what is basically medieval-ish times.
I love that I can let my imagination free.
I hate that I can't let it totally free or no one would understand what the hell I'm writing about. You say 'dragon' and people know what you're talking about. You make some beast up totally from your imagination and call it say 'a hurchess'*, and people would be all like 'WTF?'
I love that I spent my formative years reading fantasy and playing D&D**.
I hate that I can't remember everything I read in the Monster Manual, and I gave my copy to my nephew years ago, so now I have to resort to more research.
I love research - just not when I'm trying to sprint to 50K words.
Sure, some of this stuff I encountered when I was writing urban fantasy. And some of these problems can crop up in dystopian - especially if there's been a nuclear holocaust in the past. But this still feels like I'm learning how to write all over again.
Heh. It's kinda awesome.
Ever step totally out of your comfortable box and try a new-to-you genre? How'd that work out?
* There's no such thing as a hurchess - even in this book. I just threw a made-up word out there.
** A great many D&D monsters come from various well-known mythologies, so I'm not writing a D&D fan fiction novel here. I'm just wishing I could access my old Monster Manual as a reference. The book I have - The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures - is jam packed with every critter every conceived and it's a bitch to wade through. And since this is set kinda in a mythical Scotland, I can't use creatures from Indian, Native American, Japanese, etc. mythos. That would be too weird.