Damn William Faulkner!
The esteemed author William Faulkner famously said,
Damn him for being right.
Damn my muse for being right.
Here is the situation. In my manuscript, I must kill the first chapter. The reality is, the chapter serves no true purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the chapter. I love the distain Ella has for her boss, the imagery, the development and introduction of the character. But it does nothing to advance the story.
There, I said the ugly truth. The first chapter does nothing to advance the story. I can take the important elements and work them into other chapters.
Chapter One must go away.
Damn William Faulkner for being right.