I've hit a rut with the first chapter. you see my novel, that I am taking more seriously than ever this past month, is divided into two parts. Since it is all planned out, sort of, I am free to move about and write whatever I feel, whenever I feel. My problem, is oddly enough the first chapter. There are many holes in my plan, and to figure out how to fill them, it is better to have a first chapter at least somewhat done. The main character came to the 'home town' and 10 years later the story begins. What should the first chapter be? 1. Start with the hero as an adult, and explain his past later on 2. Start with a look at the heroes early life, then just jump to adulthood 3. make early life a prologue. Another of my ideas was to make a rather lengthy detail of the boys travels with his mother before arriving at the home town. But I felt that would make the story too epic, and its more of a fast pasted adventure. I know i didn't reveal any names or real plot ideas to work with, but I'm sorta self conscious about revealing my ideas.