When I posted my first scene for my novel http://www.writingforums.org/threads/the-great-winter-scene-1-732-words.138552/ A Fellow Stalker recommended to me that I start earlier than this. I should start with the big search and rescue operation before the operation is put on hold due to the snow storm. I've been exploring ways to do this, but none of the characters, other than my main character, who might be present during the big search and rescue operation are present in the rest of the story. If I started there, I'd have this big cast of characters who would be present in only the first two scenes. Isn't that a bad thing?