So I may or may not have been neglecting my own presence here for the last many weeks, and for that I may or may not be really sorry. ._. *shame* So I'm curious as to the function and validity of red herrings — like, the first few chapters of my WIP are going to be red herrings now, with my new and improved plotline. If the writing is interesting and engaging enough, my plot can take off wherever it wants, right? I can take readers down all kinds of roads as long as I've got their attention — right? I'm asking this because I feel like the first few chapters, as they are, with Jack doing the things he's doing, would serve as great world-building and character introduction type of things, and don't need to be removed or rewritten to serve New Plot #47. Obviously the plot has to start somewhere, and in my head now it's going to be a jarring phone call. Surprise to the protag in his daily life, surprise to the reader? Eh?