Advice: tell your inner critic to put a sock in it until you get an outline, or better yet, a first draft. It's impossible to critique the story as a whole until it is.1. The same story, every time.2. Carrots3. Absolutely.
I don't like high fantasy, but I'm a big magic realism/urban fantasy fan. My biggest gripe is to have what seems to be a well-developed world without answers to specific plot questions. Like the author was more interested in the world than the story.BeetsAnd if you can write a character of the opposite sex, why not of a different persuasion?
The inner critic thing is a doozy and I'm having trouble myself but I think that 'plough on despite the shite' should be our rallying call.1. I don't hate fantasy at all - I particularly love Terry Pratchett.2. I have to say that the humble carrot is my favourite too.3. Absolutely.
You've really just gotta trap inner critics and editors in a jar and not let them out till you're done. Sometimes, when you're adding another one to the jar, others escape. I recommend using a new jar for each critic/editor you encounter.1. The tendency toward repetition/redundancy and trying to finish the story too fast.2. Sweet potatoes.3. Yes.