Iíve been practicing writing since the start of middle school, and I'm having a bit of a problem, my inspiration is changing.
After reading a particularly amazing realistic fiction story, I realized that no fantasy story had ever had an impact on me anywhere near this. Suddenly when I draft urban fantasy plots they all seem hollow. I canít bring myself to invest emotionally in fantastic elements the same way I can in real life anymore. And there arises my problem: I only know how to write fantasy.
A story outline about a man having to choose between overworking to get enough money to support his new marriage or spending that time with his new wife soon escalated into some kind of Ghandi-esque story of mage rebellion in the modern day. A different story outline of moving to a new town soon started to look too much like Bordertown for comfort.
I can't help it, itís a compulsion. sometimes I dont realise its even happened until I reread the outline. My plots escalate in scale without me wanting them to; until I look back and am so disgusted I drop the work. Itís not that I donít want fantasy elements involved, I love the genre. Itís that I want the real elements and human interaction to be at the absolute forefront, not the background.
I think I know the reason. This isnít a thread about my problems so Iíll just shorten it. Bullying and resulting social anxiety made me miss out on four and 1/2 years of social development. I had nothing to say about the real world, so I only wrote about fake ones.
Now that my life has been looking up in a huge way for four years, I want to write about the real world again. But you donít just suddenly regain five missed years of human interaction. I donít know where to start, especially when it comes to conflicts, antagonists that seem realistic (I can write great sympathetic fantasy antagonists, but I have huge problems making realistic ones) and the motivations and thoughts of characters who are outgoing.
TL;DR: I try to write or at least outline writing every day, but now Iím thrown in a new genre with new conventions, and I need some advice on how to transition from fantasy to realistic fiction even though I dont fully know how to write from other peoples viewpoints.
EDIT: This is a brand new account and I cannot reply until tomorrow. So heres the general pattern my writing follows
1. Come up with conflict/story that would work in either realistic fiction or urban fantasy (like the buisnessman story)
2. Find trouble supporting dramatic tension using realism alone, add fantastic elements to back it up (IE: making the buisnessman have some kind of magic talent that causes others to pressure him into a job that he hates, but only people like him can do)
3. Fantastic elements mutate into a plot tumor that swallows up the realism and leaves it burried rather than backing it up.
edited 25th Feb '13 11:19:53 AM by SalmonPunch