Write what you read?
I just wanted to run a quick question past you all, specifically those of you have written a novel.
I have started writing several novels before and always freeze at about the 20,000 word count.
My problem is that I primarily read epic fantasy novels. Normally, if my book is less than 8-900 pages I feel pretty ripped off. I've tried writing these sort of books and, well, I can't. Either I'm not good enough yet or don't have it in me. Because of this I let my books fall to the wayside.
I'm thinking of turning one of my short stories - 'Amazon Fights'- into a novel, but not into anything resembling epic fantasy. I'm thinking of writing it like a short, stand alone adventure book, similar to the Clive Cussler books. I didn't grow up reading these sort of books and they aren't what I would spend my money on normally.
My question is this: Is it a good idea to write a book in a style you don't normally read? I'm thinking that I just need to actually complete a novel, any novel, and see where I get before starting on something like epic fantasy. I dont want it to sound false or forced though.
What do y'all reckon? What have you done in the past?