This topic is dedicated to all those people who keep working and working and changing stuff and
rewriting but never quite get past the first chapter or so. They know the story they want to write.
But they're stuck.
Please. Just please.
Stop rewriting that first chapter.
the First Scene is plain bloody hard to write.
You have to juggle six or eight difficult initiating requirements to set up the story while also making sure the reader doesn't just shrug and put your book back on the shelf.
And these first couple scenes are hard because you know about nothing of what your characters are like and how they act and talk. You don't even have all your plot laid out unless you're one of those annoying folks who do. Yet here you have to write the First Scene as if you were familiar with all that stuff.
The first draft is a hit-the-ground-running-in-the-dark sorta thing, and the first thing you run into are the gorse bushes of the opening scene.
Ask me how I know this.
there is an intrinsic mismatch between having to open with fully developed characters, story knowledge, voice, and tone -- and the sad fact of not having these when you open your document and write Scene One, Chapter One, for the first time.
This a mismatch you maybe can solve by writing the First Chapter . . . last.
Or at least, later
You have to make the opening perfect. You have to. But, by the very nature of writing, you can't.
So maybe try this:
Go into your document and recolor the text of the First Chapter pale gray.
That will remind you that the First Chapter is now a ghost.
It is insubstantial. It doesn't count.
Ignore it and move on.
The First Chapter is allowed to be ugly and full of errors because it is a ghost and doesn't count.
You will return triumphantly to that First Chapter after you've written 50,000 words in the WIP, at which point you will wake up one morning and know what to do with Chapter One which will be a whole 'nother way than how you are handling it now.
(in that case you go read Bird By Bird,)
but it may help if you just keep stumbling over your feet at the starting block.