As awesome as that first chapter is (and you know because you revised and edited that thing within an inch of its life) maybe it doesn’t belong there. Maybe chapter one should really be chapter four. And chapter three is really where your story begins. Then what the hell, that big action scene near the end? Move that to the middle and create a whole new ending…because you never really liked the other one anyway.
Don’t be afraid to rearrange those layers. Add a little more here; take away a little bit there. You may just be creating a masterpiece! Or a big ole mess (always save original) but you will never know if you don’t experiment.
I know if we keep working at it, we will find the right combination for the perfect Plotsagna.
And that, my friends, is the Word.