I’ve seen a lot of social media posts recently lamenting authors who info dump at the start of their book. “The first chapter is not about this!” or “Start the first chapter on something exciting”…
The First Chapter of Your Book
I am assuming these posts are referring to drafts, rather than complaining about published books. I don’t disagree with the overall information these posts sharing. I know they are trying to provide tips.
What I feel is missing is the writing craft tip.
You CAN info dump.
Dump all you want!
Get your story working in YOUR head.
Then you can pare out the information to create a hookingly interesting first chapter.
The other stuff you wrote? Could be a prequel, a pre-novella, a lead magnet for your book – it won’t go to waste, it just might end up somewhere slightly different than in your first chapter.