Its the first chapter. If I'm honest, I've known all along, but while I was in the zone I ignored it, in favour of ploughing through to the end. I wrote the novel in just one month, and it is rough, I refer to it as getting the story out on the page.
I believe first draft should be renamed 'rough draft' and second draft is really the beginning of a long and labour intensive journey, to producing a readable manuscript, which I hope would be good enough then, that someone would want to read it, and perhaps publish it.
Its been drilled into me how important first chapters are, and to make matters worse, I'm mad with myself. Angry I suppose. Why anger? Frustration - I can't find a way forward, and its blocking me from continuing with the second draft. I've tried skipping it, and continuing with the following chapters, and its not working. Its nagging away at me, festering, and I've even considered dumping the whole project! Madness I know, but I'm being truthful.
Help! Throw me a lifeline. Someone. Please.
How do I fix it? In my head, the chapter has to be slow, and 'appear' ordinary, apart from the fact the protagonist is sneaking out of a house in the early hours, there isn't much happening. Its really a record of her surroundings, and what she thinks she sees as she leaves behind the life she knows, for something else.
I wrote it to allow the reader to think there isn't much happening, but by the time they reach the end of the novel they'll see all the clues were dripped into the story from the very first page. And all will be revealed.
Now I'm thinking its all wrong.
Rant over. Back to work. It'll come to me.