Hi, I think I have a very solid story , really good characters, all with motives for their actions and a plot that I can folow through from start to finish. I'm about 25,000 in and having a few doubts. The novel reads well but to start with my protagonist's journey doesn't really get going until this point. I've introduced him briefly in several parts but not sure if there are hard and fast rules. Chapter 1 is set when he is really young and follows a story about his brother and father. This is important as it shows motive for the antagonist and also shows that the initial spark of hatred was born from a young age. Next it cuts to the brother years later who is seeking some sort of artifact and deity. Third chapter, very short - just to let you know father is dying and requires the audience of the protagonist. Next chapter I'm able to have some 'alone time' with the protagonist and touch on his appearance, some character traits and beliefs etc. He pretty much features in all this chapter. Next chapter is a death and reaction. And now I'm setting up for my protagonist to flee the city and start the middle part of his journey. Don't get me wrong I can squeeze in a chapter of following him whilst battles or other incidents are going on but he doesn't have much to do really...... Suggestions/thoughts?