So, it’s Wednesday – the day I’m supposed to update you on the goings-on in my current work-in-progress. Only, there’s not been much progress on which to report.
I’m trying to layout Chapter One right now – there are 5 things I need to cover in the first chapter –
- disclose the crime
- plant some clues and/or red herrings right away
- introduce the sleuth, and reveal just enough of her background to understand her world
- ground the reader in the time and place
- begin with a dramatic event (whose? The victim? The sleuth? decisions)
So clearly, I can absolutely disclose the crime at the start of chapter two, perhaps the very, very end of chapter one. Because let’s admit it – that’s a tall order for chapter one, isn’t it?
Also, in what order do I wish to plot these?
So, that’s literally what I’m staring at right now…