I scrapped my entire first chapter, it being too choppy and changed scenes too quickly. I will still use the aspects but will give more time and fluidity to them later. This leaves me back at the beginning, not sure where to start. I think I don't want to introduce the main characters right away. Maybe a few pages in perhaps. But if I change my mind, I can at least work with the character I do know what to do with. He's young. Age 5. An imp and constantly into some mischief, though not a bad boy. Simply accident prone. Father is a mason who works at the palace. Mother is pregnant with twins. I think I'd like to start chapter one at the beginning of the day. He will be going to work with his father to keep him out of overly pregnant mamma's hair, but not sure how to start. I think it will give a great opportunity to introduce a few characters on his big day out, but again...hmmm. I'm using third person. Should I start by simply using his name? Can I start with straight dialogue (I was thinking of starting the entire chapter with dad nudging him awake). Straight dialogue seems like an odd way to begin a tale, but that's where I'm leaning if I can't come up with something better.