I am in the beggining of my novel, a one shot fantasy story. The first half of the story is about a holy knight, persecuted by the leaders of the same faith he believes in. Now the first scene I wrote, before introducing the other characters, before you really get to know the hero, is the first attack against my hero, where his wife and children are killed. Now reading a bit about structure, I realise I just tool the First Plot Point, the big change of the beginning, and put it right at the start of my story. Now I am beggining to feel this will probably make the first half until the middle drag out. On the other hand, the destruction of my hero's first life is essential to the story, and except for him there is no real character I can introduce from his old life. What do you think?