Here's the basic rundown of Chapter One of my Colonial Mystery: -> Amos is working in the tavern, washing dishes. -> He tricks Benjamin to do the rest of the work while he sneaks out. -> He meets Nathaniel Maywalker and his daughter, Emily. These two are very important characters for this story. -> I'm trying to build up for the moment Amos and Emily discovers something (or someone) that kicks the whole plot into gear. This is the necessary part I want you all to look at: Basically, the entire story kicks off because Amos and Emily both want to go use the restroom. A part of me wonders if this is too awkward/immature (who really wants to read about them taking a crap?) to start the story. A part of me thinks maybe I need to find some other way for them to be out of the tavern. Ideas: -> Amos actually runs into the antagonist of the story, Dr. Jacques DeFou, and after a brief hostile confrontation, Amos walks outside to sweep the porch and boom, plot begins. Problem here is that then I won't be able to introduce the Maywalkers, which is fine. They can just appear a bit later. Still, I would like them to come first as DeFou would have no reason to hang out in what he feels is a rundown tavern fit only for "whores and other invalid scum." -> Things proceed as normal, but instead of the outhouse thing, Amos goes outside to sweep. Emily finds herself curious about this little blind orphan tavern boy and wants to watch him work. Then they discover the thing/person that kicks off the plot. I do like this idea better, and oh crap I just answered my own question. Oh well, I'll just leave this here for you all to see that at one time, I wanted to kick off the plot with Amos taking a crap in the outhouse. That's how first drafts work, I guess. Enjoy!!