For the novel, I thought I had the overall arc of the story. But I've run into serious trouble regarding the order of things. It seems like two of the rather major characters should not appear until the middle of the book when their action happens. Yet the course guide advises you to introduce your major characters at the beginning.
This leads me to believe I will have an awful lot of backstory to insert into the telling as I go forward, or else I'll have to do a major flashback. For some reason I don't like the idea of using the flashback.
Initially I preferred a straightforward linear chronological path. Now these thorns have appeared on the path. (I think these thorns are my fear of not being able to handle the backstory.)
Help! I have to resolve this, or Mary you're going to get an incomplete Assignment #3. (And I'm going to get a C Minus!