After years of having this epic, fantasy series playing out in my imagination, in recent months I have finally started putting my plans to paper and have recently began writing my first novel. The story involves the 'transported to another land' aspect and begins in our world, with the main character being a wizard. I'm trying to get across the MC lives a fairly normal life, but inside he has a wealth of insecurities related to his secret abilities. However the problem is, writing in a modern context seems sort of forced, as if I'm trying too hard to show that this is a modern fantasy story (I'm not consciously trying to do this though). Basically, I don't really think the first two chapters I've written help to establish the general tone of the overall story arc. I'm wondering whether setting the story in an earlier time period would maybe help to rectify this? My main character is 18, and I am only 21 so very much 'of' this era. I'm starting to think perhaps my quest to establish a realistic portrayal of youth in the 21st century is overtaking the creation of a good opening for my fantasy tale.