Do you ever wonder if your style is crimping your ability to write a certain story? I don't know if it's nerves ( and with me it definitely could be - I tend to start and stall with novels) but I started writing a historical romance novel the other day. Something I've been thinking about for years. Now, granted it's not a typical romance novel, it's humorous, almost spoofy. The mc is an arrogant, short, thief and the love angle takes a back seat to the character's growth as he's made to become humble in the Canadian backwoods as a maple syrup farmer & fur trader. However, five pages in and it feels extremely raw. Maybe it's cause I'm out of my element but having read a few romances they're style is more flow-y. Mine feels like it's lumping along as if Vonnegut decided to write a romance without changing his style. Try as I might to smooth sentences out, I can't seem to smother my style. I'm considering abandoning the story - terrified to put in three months of work only to have it be virtually unreadable. Anyone else experience this?