I won't bore you with the details, because I'm sure you don't care. *g* However, I am attempting, in a rather febil way, to write something entirely original. My husband and friends keep telling me, "You know, you do write fanfiction so well, you should at least try to write your own stuff!"
And, I've had a few people living in my head for years who I think might deserve a chance not to be tossed as original characters in a fanfiction world, but maybe deserve to stand completely on their own, in their own world. So, I've been making an attempt to write something.
Herein lies my problem. I've been writing fanfiction for so long, I don't think I have a clue. See, in Fanfiction, you start with an asumption that the audience knows a bit about what you're writing. They know the world, they know the characters. You don't have to explain who they are or the world they live in. The only thing you have to do is explain what new elements you're adding. If you bring in an original character, you need to explain who they are. If you decide that you're writing X-Men fanfiction and yet, everyone in the Marvel universe, mutant or not wakes up and finds out they have purple eyes, you'd better have a logical explanation for it. But other than that, you're free to work on the story itself.
Okay, my thing is with what I'm trying to write is that it's fantasy. Therefore, there are things that need explaining at some point. Like the entire diety system, which is multi deity. (At this point, there are two gods, two goddesses that will be mentioned in the story, but more exist as well.) There are different races of people in this world, two which are entirely original, some of which are mythical races. (Elves, fairies, etc.)
Social veiwpoints are a lot different from the world we live in as well. Slavery is legal and considered a fitting fate for those who cannot support themselves. Children are not given any special rights or privilages, and are considered "fair game" for anyone. It's not a very happy world, this place, especially if you're poor. Which, most people are. If you're rich, the world is your toybox.
As in most fantasy worlds, there is no techology. However, I'm not going to have magic either. At least not at this point, I don't see the need. There is a lot that is done with plants in this world though, from healing to influencing people. Recreational drugs there are plenty of, but they all have their basis in organic substances.
I've got a basic plot laid out. That isn't a problem. This is going to be a rather long novel, and might even be split into two novels. The plot isn't much of a problem either.
My problem lies in starting the thing. I'm finding myself with an urge to give too much information at the beginning, that I feel is necessary, but as I reread what I write, it's coming out like I'm just dying to "get all this boring stuff out of the way so we can get into the tale!" and I'm having trouble striking a balance. I want people to have an inkling into what type of world they've entered fairly quick on, but I don't want to vomit useless information either.
I know I have a lot of fanfiction writers on my friends list, so I guess I'm curious, have any of you tried to do this too? Write something totally original in a world that isn't the "typical earthen world?" If so, do you have any advice? Things I should avoid or things I should make extra sure to do?
And, does anyone know of any good books or sites that might help me get started as well? When I was in my very late teens, someone gave me an excellent book about writing fantasy, but I've forgotten most of it, and the book itself was lost years ago, before I even finished it, because my exhusband pitched a fit and tore it up.
I don't know if this story will be any good, but I don't want to go to my grave someday going, "I never even gave it a shot." You know what I mean? I don't even care if I can get it published. At this point, I'd just like to write it.
Sorry for the long post, but this is really frustraiting me.
And no, if you answer this, I don't put you under any obligation to read the story when/if I finish it. *g* I wouldn't be that cruel!