I sat here for like twenty minutes fully prepared to type out the entire concept I have for you guys(I might still do so knowing you guys) but then I realized the core concept isn't important. The idea is that the main mission of the story is in some ways not related to the opening. Same characters but that is the point to introduce characters and get a feel for them. So in its simplest form it is kind of like this. - Opening - ??? - Big massively important scene - End The question I ask is if the point is revealing characters for the ??? should I have a theme like a plot that starts happens and resolves before the big scene happens? By the time the big scene happens I want the reader to have a good feel for the characters. My current writing just sort of is slice of life and I am not sure if that gives enough excitement or enough depth to the characters. Is more of a structured plot needed? How much does such a plot need to tie into the big scene? Main point of relation is the big scene happens tot he same characters. Is that enough? Thank you.