It is fantasy. It is young adult. It is straight up fiction no whirligig no endless streams of language. I am using adverbs. I am actually DESCRIBING things. I never describe things.
Maybe this comes more naturally because I'm writing for young adults/grownups who like to read young adult books. I feel a little like I am Laura Ingalls Wilder writing fantasy.
This is the most exciting writing experience I've ever had. It's like reading a book only I'm making it up as I go along. I am inside the main character's head (a girl of course) but also a narrator when necessary. So it's omni/close third, which I generally don't do.
Oh and I'm chucking all sorts of high falootin 'rules' out the window. Or rather, rules I had for myself and my idea of what good fiction is, literary fiction. But when my friend John asked me why can't you just write an ordinary book I started thinking. You have the idea for a fantasy novel. You have the seed already. Then Wednesday night Dale and I were listening to the marvelous new Punch Brothers album and the opening of the story flooded my head and I began to write. And now I can't stop. I'm dying to know what will happen next.
However, one must not lose one's head. I need to spend some time with the 'finished' book today and I am going to. UNLESS it mucks up the voices in my head. In which case I will put it off a while longer. OR I will work on it until it's done and come back to these wonderful characters and creatures and villages and cities and altogether other worlds of the new book.
It is hard to shift the focus and language in your head. This is probably why so many writers who have day jobs writing technical stuff or whatever cannot write when they get home. And in this case, I am switching from a made up world to the world of myself. And I am, as the young kids say, bored OF myself. Who would have ever thunk that?