So, I might as well start off my first post with a bang, and jump right into the heart of the situation I'm in. Like many of you I imagine, I have a story on my hands that needs to be told. I don't just want to tell it, and it's not just some free-time project... this story NEEDS to be told. It is my life's work, my magnum opus. This story is the very definition of who I am, and has been going strong with me for the past 5 years. The problem is, it's become too massive to handle on my own. I'm too protective of it to explain anything about the story itself, and in that regard, I don't need any assistance. The plot itself plays out exactly as I'm wanting it to. The problem is, I don't know where to begin to get this thing off the ground. I keep thinking that I need some help with this. It honestly feels like I can't tackle this monster on my own. Unfortunately, I'm far too protective of it to allow someone else to handle its creation and growth, even if I'm alongside them the entire time. Essentially, the bulk of the story spans six episodes (Star Wars style), and roughly 10,000 years. I'm beginning in the middle with Episode V, and it has been outlined for its majority and a good portion of the surrounding episodes have been mapped out as well. I basically need to fill in details and whatnot. The problem is, I've been working on refining and perfecting everything so much that, no matter what I do, I feel like I'm getting nothing done. This story is huge. My vision; my plan for everything in the larger scale, is even bigger. I haven't been just composing the story, I've been designing characters, environments, technology and everything else through illustration. If I had the musical talent, I would compose a soundtrack. In most cases, my vision of this epic is too specific to ever be put into words, which brings me to one of my biggest dilemmas: Format. I've been going about working on this thing as a novel (ideally, a series of novels) because I figure that's the best chance I have at getting the story off the ground, if it's ever finished. Overall, though, there are too many specific visualizations of things in this story to be accurately described in written form, and although with a certain level of mastery of the english language, it can probably be done, I don't want to risk the audience viewing things any different than I do. So my first response to that situation is, maybe I should try a graphic novel? And then my thoughts trail to the fact that my story intro, in its current form, would not work visually due to the scene I chose and the methods I used to tell it. This brick wall especially gets to me, because I've spent the past year and a half writing and re-writing the perfect intro for my story (or as close to perfect as I can get). I apologize for rambling, I know this seems like a lot to take in on top of my unwillingness to reveal the actual story, which I'm sure some of you would want to ask for. I just don't know what road I need to take, and what road I want to end up on. Thanks for reading.