I have lately begun to suspect that the issues I have faced in writing fantasy is largely due to the fact that growing up I was a student of Old High Fantasy. I grew up reading and absorbing the ancient lore of Tolkien and exploring the highlands with Conan. Finding secrets with Merlin and facing dragons with a rag-tag meanegerie. Whenever I attempt to write in a more modern form these elements play at the back of my mind.
Perhaps, instead of letting them play at the back of my mind as some sort of cognitive shadow-box theatre I should focus on them while writing and see where the words take me. Even Stephen King dabbled in this writing style. I also play a lot of D&D which imports this into my mind in a more interactive manner.
I`ll have to keep trying this writing style and see if I can come up with anything worth reading.