A lot happens in the first chapter. Here are revision checkpoints I’m homing in on:
Introduce the hook. A hook is writing that snares readers' interest and keeps them reading.
I’ve revised the first three chapters until my fingers tingled, but Chapter 1 is missing the mark, still. What’s a writer to do? Revise, revise, revise. At this point I’ve rewritten the opening about thirty times. Yes, 30! There may be a 31. I’ll run it by my critique partner and find out.