So I've begun my NaNoWriMo effort, as I posted in my last blog. I believe I also posted what it's about. Essentially it's a story set approximately one thousand years after the fall of the Great Old Ones, which in my world was caused by the Elder Race bringing a gigantic meteor crashing down in the Pacific Ocean. The protagonists are the first great heroes among humankind, men and women who perform great deeds to establish humanity as the dominant force on the planet, and thus become the pagan gods of old.
It is, as you obviously surmise, a heroic fantasy, swords-and-sorcery tale, and there are so many paths that could be taken that it could easily expand into an ongoing series. A few notes:
1. It's damn hard to write a fantasy world where humans have civilization without metallurgy.
2. Damn, Seth is one brutal son of a bitch. Poor Isis! I suspect she'll give him his just dues in the end, though.
Here's the problem I've run into.
Have you been to a book store lately? Browsed the sci-fi/fantasy shelves? They are positively littered with books of high, epic, and heroic fantasy. And the VAST majority of these books look very similar on their face. How does one create a fantasy series that's different, that stands out in some way and makes a mark? Is it worth the bother even to try?
I sort of dig the concept behind this work, so I'm going to write it for myself, either way. In the end, I guess, that's all that matters--write for yourself and hope an audience finds you.
So, dear readers, what do you think? What's it take for a fairly typical heroic fantasy work to stand out these days? Is a novel concept enough?