I would definitely recommend trying a few different recipe's from others that are in the style you want and reading some good books on designing recipe's such as Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels. This should help set you up for success and get you a feel for how to craft a decent recipe.
Starting with a known recipe, can also help you determine if there are larger problems with your system. If your OG and FG are somewhat close to the original recipe and the beer looks and tastes decent, that will confirm that your system is working as designed. If not then you can go back to drawing board on your system.
The AHA website has a lot of great recipes you can try, and if you are an AHA member you also get access to many gold medal winning recipes.