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I have tried writing a fantasy novel.

The most exciting part was preparing the outline of the plot and developing the characters. Once that was done most of the thrill of accomplishment was gone for me.

The mass of detail required to complete a novel is just too overwhelming. For example, my hero might climb to the top of a hill and see the for the first time the walls and spires of a great city in the distance. I know what it looks like in my head but filling in the background is just too tiresome. So I leave a [Describe City] and move on to the next exciting bit of action!

One day perhaps there will be a computer program that can generate such detail - I might then complete my novel.

As you say, it is a tremendous accomplishment to write a novel and I did not realise how difficult until I had tried it myself.
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