Well, this is my first post here and I really just want to get some feedback on my current problem. I'm a relatively new writer--hell, I've pretty well never written anything in my life. I don't have much skill as I've never even attempted to nurture that ability, all I have is an idea. I have an idea that is driving me insane because I can't write it down and have no clue how. I've started several attempts that ultimately fail after a few thousand words because I'm not satisfied with the quality. How do I wade through my beginning failures to get to a point where I'm enjoying myself? I've tried starting a different story in an attempt to just get some words and practice under my belt, but I can't seem to come up with anything completely separate as I always pull it back into my main story by accident. I'm beginning to think my idea is too large and expansive to attempt as a first story, but I can't get away from it. I see scenes in my head and try to write them down but fall infinitely short of what I see. This causes me to get frustrated and quit trying for a few weeks only to get drawn back in--it's a vicious cycle. The worst part is that I can't seem to develop any characters that fit into my story. Being as anti-social as I am, I don't even have any personal experiences to draw from. I see the massive world I've created but can't seem to fill it with characters and minor events to populate the centuries I've thought through. At this point it feels like I've written a history book in my consciousness and am unable to make it a reality. I guess my question to you all is how do you suggest overcoming an altogether lack of skill to reach a point where I can write my idea? How do you get the motivation to sit down and write, looking past your failings as you wade through your story? Personally, how do you go about creating your characters when all you have so far is a setting?