So, I should probably introduce myself first because I'm new to this website of forums. I'm Maggie, 18, and I've written three novels now but just haven't gotten them published. It's not that I'm unhappy with them but they just don't seem as good as I can do, so now I'm starting my next and hoping for the best. The novel is going to be about a girl named Diane; she's around the age of nineteen, definitely not older. She has a child in the first chapter of the novel named Bailey (a little girl.) Diane has had emotional issues in the past and just by the way she talks in the novel you can tell she's not all totally there. As the story goes on, the reader discovers that Diane is slowly turning her toddler into a serial killer. She forces her to do her dirty work, killing people who have wronged her in the past. The child is known to be evil, according to Diane, since the very beginning of the story. She thinks this because in the second chapter, after her newborn baby girl arrives home, she wakes up in the middle of the night to check on her. When she goes into Bailey's bedroom, she sees her sitting straight up, blood on her hands, and a dead bat on the floor. Instead of telling her parents she becomes afraid of Bailey and cleans up the mess so that no questions are asked. From there on out is when she starts having Bailey kill for her. If this was your novel, what are some ways in which you would start it? I'm at a lost for words and I keep tearing pages out because they don't sound right. Thank you very much for the suggestions!