I finished my latest mystery and felt good that I'd been able to keep it at 90,000 words (my first novel was (until revised) 110,000 words. When I went back to revise my draft I realized I'd started Chapter 1 with my murder vic thinking about a wrong he'd committed against his best friend and, in fact, being alone in a fire tower (where he is murdered by being burned alive), trying to figure out how to make things right.
I like the beginning (it's only one section - about four paragraphs), but I became worried . I'd set up my novel's main conflict in this section, but in this section everything was happening inside my vic's head. No matter how I tried, and oh did I ever try, the story had to shake down with this beginning.
Bring some good stuff back from Donald Maas. I love his books even though they rejected my book.
In a way, I'm glad they did. It helped me make the right decision for me - Ebook.