I'm currently working on the first draft of my first novel project. I expect a lot will change, especially how I decide to begin the story. But I can't stop focusing on the fact that I don't yet have something that feels like a beginning. Basically, I just want to lie to myself about having a "real" beginning I've done a lot of research concerning this very topic, but I guess I just wanted some feedback for my specific situation. What I have now is my MC reflecting (I know, yikes) on how he killed someone a few years before his present age in the story. However, it's such an important part, literally and symbolically - in a Chekov's Gun kinda way, and pretty subtle but definitely something I think a reader would go back to analyze. Is this a terrible way to begin a novel? I'm thinking I can - wait to include it (where else I would put it, I don't know [yet]) and work to come up with something more fitting - have the event happen in the "present" (it's written in past tense) - keep it as is, but somehow ease the story into a few years passing, i.e., "three summers passed," or give a uick summary of events between then and now I hope this isn't too abstract, since I didn't include an entire outline of my story :'D Any help would be much appreciated.