This is a plot point that changes the way the entire first part of the book is written, and I just cannot for the life of me decide which is better. The plot point in question is the MC getting a ring, but I have thought of two different ways she could receive the ring. The timing of when she gets it changes the begging of the book drastically, so I would really appreciate some opinions on which flows better. So to understand the book, it starts off in a dream and it basically ends when she puts on this ring. Now originally when I mapped out this story years ago I had decided it was still going to be on her finger when she wakes up and later it be shown that it was more of a "call to arms" vision than a dream. Then she would get caught with it, and without spelling out the whole story, it basically causes her to get in trouble, causing her to stumble upon a dragon (sorry I'm being vague but I promise it makes sense in my mind!) The problem I have with this one is a simple one I don't like that the ring was just "magically" put on her finger. Do you think if I explain later that she was transported to the "dream" place magically and it wasn't a dream after all that would fix that plot hole? Or do you think I should use this next plot line instead. She wakes up from the dream in a library and later she goes back to the library and gets in trouble for having a book she wasn't supposed to have (which she didn't know she wasn't supposed to have because it just so happened to be out of the "restricted area") and when the librarian gets busy she has to put it back herself going into the restricted area for the first time and finding the dragon that way (under the library was where I had always planned the dragon to be hidden). Then she gets extra scenes with the dragon, and he gives her the ring. (the ring is an important object she has to have it somehow) The problem I have with this is it makes the dream an unnecessary part to the story (and the dream is so attention catching that in my opinion it is the perfect start to this story), and the ring was supposed to be a type of mark so the dragon knows who she is and trusts her. but it does allow me to have more scenes with this dragon which could be useful to get the reader to care about the dragon. Oh man this was a bit of a confusing and ridiculously long post. I hope I made some sort of sense. I honestly like the first one better, simply because that's how I originally planned it, but I don't know how practical or believable it is. I'm also starting to think the second one is less cliche. I hope you guys can help me out!