So I'm working on a sub-story to another book I'm working on, in hopes this mostly pre-planned story will give me ideas for the main book (this one focuses on a specific character that plays a less prominent role in the main one, but I've got a lot of backstory for her that will help branch out the main story if readers decide they like her). Anyway, I'm finding that while I have a large portion of her story figured out, with plenty of plot points, I'm having trouble hitting that first one at a reasonable pace. Basically, I have her early childhood, 5 years old, when she was bullied in school, and stopped speaking because of it. Then, on and off, from 9 to 13, she started skipping school. Around 12 years old, she meets a set of mysterious triplets who find her interesting, and she starts spending time with them before they move away. Shortly after, she meets a mafia hitman who feels bad for her and appoints himself her big brother, encouraging her to go back to school. Very quickly after, she meets more people who brighten up her world before finally, she starts speaking again at 14. After that, the story is a bit unclear, but it'll go on into her adulthood, in much later chapters, so I'm not worried about that right now. What I have so far is, well... It opens up with her sitting behind the school, 12 years old, afraid to go inside because she's afraid to face her classmates. It summarises how her family has tried to help, but they're either so underwhelming or so over the top, their attempts don't really help at all. Then, the bell rings, so she gets up and walks through the empty hallway, preferring to be late than to deal with her schoolmates. I've considered having someone picking on her, but I don't think that alone would be enough to fill a whole chapter, let alone two. I don't want to rush into her meeting the triplets, since I want the readers to feel invested in her story, feel her pain, fall in love with the helpless child so that when she at last speaks, for the first time... they weep with joy and triumph, just as I did when I wrote the first draft for the scene after years of working on her.