So, here’s the first chapter. First chapters have a lot to do. They have to establish your characters, the setting, the stakes, all while managing not to bore your readers. A lot of stories die in the first chapter, I hope this isn’t one of them. I had a lot of potential starting places for this story but I decided that here was the right place. It’s where the action in the present begins–in the TODAY sections. This moment is also where the YESTERDAY sections will end. So I chose this moment as the point from which we begin our journey AND as the point to which we’ll be traveling. The TODAY sections deal with the aftermath of this chapter, whereas the YESTERDAY sections show you how our characters got there in the first place.
I put this up in PDF with Scribd. I hope this works. It was the best way to do it. If not, drop me a line in the comments and I’ll see if I can’t find another way to post these.
EDIT JANUARY 31
One of the great things about this project is that I get input from amazing people that allow me to change course a little and see things from different perspectives as I do it. I asked a couple of people if they’d read it yesterday and a talented author read the first chapter and basically told me that she’d been promised a story about three teens and didn’t see why the first chapter had so many sections from the POV of adults. As you can read in my notes below, I worried about the same thing but didn’t trust my instincts. Her input allowed me to go back and change those sections to Charlie’s POV (or take out the ones that weren’t necessary). This project is, for me, as much about learning to be a better writer as it is about writing a cool story.