Progress on modern fantasy novel
I've been making some good progress with my latest novel, a modern fantasy novel set in the present day. Like all of my novels so far, the core premise came to me in a dream. I'm about one third of the way through it now and I like how it's turning out. With this novel, I've had the pleasure of delving into hardcore fantasy elements rooted in core Dungeons & Dragons archetypes. It's a huge departure from the class creation process I went through with my first novel as I can pull upon core classes that many people are already familiar with. While I still have a lot of work ahead of me, I'm in my favorite part of crafting a novel: bringing the characters and story to life. Giving life to an idea is truly an amazing experience that is hard to replicate with anything else. Learning from my characters is also amazing; they take on a life of their own as I write their interactions with the world, that beautiful experience something I became familiar with during the creation of my first novel.
Speaking of my first novel, I've decided to revisit it after I complete this novel and start the process of self-publishing. I take the uninterested responses from Literary Agents (If they respond at all...) as a sign that I need to move forward on my own. As a new author, breaking into the monolithic literary industry is like playing the lottery, and I've never been much of a gambler.