Hi guys. I'm new here. I've been writing since 2001, and recently, I found my old stories. Pretty dusty and I also have missing pages that I seemed to have lost in the countless moves I had in the past. I'm trying to piece together one of my best stories and turn into a digital novel, and I'm having a bit of trouble. Piecing the events together in a coherent way is fine, but the one problem I am having is padding. There is too much dialogue and inaction, especially in the beginning, and goes on for at least 50 pages before the actual story even starts. Some of the dialogue and actions are relevant to future events, so trying to remove some dialogue has the risk that some events may not make sense. The critics who read my story agree with me, saying that the story takes too long to grip the reader. Any advice on the best way to proceed from this plot trimming would be appreciated. If more details are required, then I would happily give them.