I always first story beginnings hard, but the first chapter of this story is particularly hard. It includes scenes from the viewpoint of an outsider character, someone whose voice I've never yet written. It has canon characters acting (arguably) out of character. It has… well, some other things that I don't want to say, for spoiler reasons. My stories usually start with the known, before events happen which move the plot and the characters to the unknown. This starts straight in with the unknown. This isn't negotiable, since most the reasons that make the start of the story difficult to write are essential to the plot.
I know, I know. The obvious answer is to skip the hard part, and start with chapter two, but I can't do that. I'm a one hundred percent linear writer. Characters evolve in unexpected ways as I write, so my muse goes on strike if I tell it to write chapter two without telling it the state of the characters' emotions at the end of chapter one. Telling it "Just write something; we can go back and edit it later," doesn't work, either. It just digs in its heels and refuses to play.
This weekend – or maybe even tonight - I really need to take the bull by the horns and write. Ideas for silly flashfics will not be listened to. That gratuitous whump story whose first scene leapt into mind this morning… Not listening! Not listening!