Hey y'all. So I've got this fantasy book that I'm writing. It's about an ordinary young woman who unexpectedly finds herself ruler of her country. Problem is, I planned on making it a sequel. So I have no idea what I should put in the first book. It causing great anxiety. lol I don't have the entire story laid put, I just know what twists I want to happen. There is loads of deception and most definitely some betrayal. Here's the basic breakdown of drama: 1. MC becomes queen (obviously will be in the first book) and someone is trying to kill her. 2. Believing her mother died giving birth to her, MC learns that her mother is very much alive (though crazy), and MC also has three younger siblings. 3. MC learns that the man she's fallen head over heels in love with (and possibly married? Haven't decided yet) has actually wanted her dead since her birth. 4. Dude that MC loves is all, I'm not a bad guy anymore, I only want you (and power). Join me, young grasshopper. But then there's this other bitch, and she's all, Don't listen to him, he's the one that's been trying to kill you, he's just trying to use you. And then the dude is all, I haven't been trying to kill you, I love you, yo. Commence confusion for MC. 5. MC finds out that the bitch from scenario 5 was actually the one trying to kill her, cause MC is super powerful and the chick was all scared she was gunna destroy the world and stuff. 6. MC gets super pissed that chick was trying to kill her (cause she trusted her and stuff) so she joins with the dude she loves and figures out he really ISNT a bad guy. People get divided, groups form, and war breaks out. People die, people live, and then it ends. Forgive my words. Sleep eluded me last night because I've been fretting over this for days now. I know I definitely want MC to find out about her mom in the first book. But should she find out at the beginning or the end? If she finds out in the beginning, then she'll also find out about her man in the first book. But should that happen in the middle or the end? If she finds out in the middle, then she'll find out that chick has been trying to kill her by the end of the book, in which case I'd end with MC taking her man's hide and them declaring war against that other chick and her evil doers. But is that too much drama for one novel? As you can guess, my brain hurts. I've been working on this novel for entirely too long (made an entire world, made cities, made races, made religion) and I've just now got to the story. And while I love my plot points, I just don't know where to divide it. I've look at Eragon, knowing a lot happens to him in the first book too.. But it hasn't helped. Where should the line be drawn? Where should book one end and book two start? Not asking you to write it for me... Just looking for some advice and feedback. Sorry if it was confusing.. Welcome to my brain.