I prefer the title “Writing Chapter One” but that, beautiful people, would be misleading.
I’ve created a chapter from a story told in scenes. In case you ever need to do the same, I’ll let you in on my soon-to-be patented process.
Step 1: Mash up several scenes to include all the stuff you want to introduce first.
Step 2: Hack away at the newly mashed chapter until you see a logical storyline(s).
Step 3: Chop as needed until you achieve your desired word/page count.
Step 4: Mix and shake around for continuity.
Step 5: Re-write to create even tempo and flow.
Step 6: Review your newly minted first chapter until you can no longer tell whether you’re making it better or worse.
It seems that I’m ready for the editing consult, doesn’t it? Excellent.
As long as I don’t suck. Come to think of it, suckage is better than mediocrity. What if they smile politely and rubber-stamp, “Nice effort” while gazing off into the middle distance? Then, once they believe I’m out of earshot, “Gawd, when will my promotion come through? I can’t bear the tedium of these sessions!”
I probably shouldn’t have taken out that best bit…I should go over it just one more time….Wait, where is that best bit? Tell me the recycle bin hasn’t been emptied….