I have a story that I have just started and am very excited about because its been years since I have been inspired to write. My biggest problem at the moment is that I have started the story with the character aged five, and I want to get a good bit of character development and story in before her seventh birthday (which is where I know most about what I want to write.) I have her having a wonderful fifth birthday in the midst of a generally hard life, and being given a kitten. I have a couple of years to fill in before the story in my head can properly start, and at the moment I feel like I'm fluffing around. I quite like what I've written so far, but I am not sure where to go. It seems like, after such a good day, there should be a pretty hard blow dealt, to give some up and down to the plot and allow for character development, but I cant seem to bring myself to upset the happy tone. Its not even meant to be an especially happy story. Okay, I guess what I'm asking is, how do you, personally, fill out the opening to a story before you can get to the meat, the scene in your head that inspired you to start the story? Because honestly I cant start the story at the seventh birthday, there needs to be too much explained.