So I have been working on my first “Serious attempt” at writing a novel. So far I am happy with what I have put down. (Keeps fingers crossed) I am deep into the fourth chapter and have come to realize that my plot will take some time to develop properly. I am not upset about this. In fact I am actually glad that I have enough of a plot that it will take a while to fully expound on it. This is causing me some concern over the story lagging in the beginning though. So I was wondering if adding a traumatic and yet somewhat unrelated event might be something I should consider. I am not looking for any ideas as far as what type of personal disaster to spring on my MC. I have never had a problem picking on my characters. What I am wondering is, has anyone else run into this type of situation and if it helped the pacing of the book? Or would it be looked at as a gimmick to cover the slow plot development?