I'm not sure how to explain my problem, but I hope some people here might understand what I mean. Also, I'm sorry if this topic has been covered before, but I couldn't find any threads which really mirrored the problem I'm having. Basically, I don't think I am a fabulous writer by any means, I'm quite new to writing, but I do think I have some ability. I can get my words out on paper, and I know where I want my stories to go. My biggest problem, is I cannot get my writing to 'feel' the way I want it to... you know you read some books, and they just have a dark, mysterious feel? Or a dreamy sort of quality? I can't figure out how to give my writing that sort of feel. Things I write always come out too tame. The novel I am working on right now is meant to be a dark sort of book, and despite writing about dark things, I can't get past the feeling that my writing sounds too 'young adult' and vanilla. I guess what I'm trying to ask is, how do you tailor your writing to the genre you are trying to achieve? How do you make a novel feel 'dark'?