Planning the first chapters

I’ve been planning out my first chapter and the two beyond that. As my genre is mystery romance the first chapters need to do several things.

  • Introduce the lovers to the reader
  • Give each lover a sympathetic back story and a want/problem
  • Introduce a mystery
  • Introduce the first external conflict
  • Avoid cliche and ensure that characters’ decision making is believable rather than convenient

One thing I’m wondering about is that I have a character in the first chapter who serves a purpose but may not be seen again. For some reason I feel that she will need to reappear later if only not to look like a cheap plot device. So I’ll have to find a role for her in a later chapter.

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