In some fantasy books, there's a few chapters before the actual story starts. Usually it's because of the plot of the book.
I moved my WiP's and potential WiP's to Google Docs. While waiting on Lacey for lunch, I sat at a computer in the library (my happy place!) and started writing what would be the new first chapter if I decided to add it to the WiP. I wrote over 1000 words.
It would be crucial to the plot, because it was a very important event in the character's childhood. It's actually the story really starts, in a way, although the character may not have known it then.
If I didn't do it there, it would just be a flash back later in the story anyway, albeit condensed So, make it all chronological or do flashbacks? Mention it in the dialogue?
So so so many options.
Even if I don't use it, I'm still glad I'm writing it. I may flesh out the back story more completely that way, and may even just rewrite it from there.
Hmm...that may be a good idea. My problem is that I don't write anything that's fully novel-length. The typical length for my books is usually between 40-60k before I go back and add essential scenes that I may have left out in the first go around.
When Lacey came, I clicked on the "word count" to show her all I'd done in the hour and a half I'd been in the library. She wasn't as excited about it as I was for some reason. Wonder why...