Here I ask/discuss some feedback I have gotten about my chapter 1.
After attending a different/second writers' critique group, I was sufficiently motivated to try to write chapter 1 with multiple characters (instead of one guy on a mountain) and with the use of dialog, and I introduced 'court intrigue." I groaned the whole time, but I did it. (I resisted adding any explosions.)
I am now curious the best way to get feedback on these two alternate chapter 1's. I am told Chapter 1 is the most important.
Should I find an online site? this is very uncontrolled.
Should I ask my family? They want to say what I want to hear.
Should I just give it time and trust my heart and save the other?
What resources would you recommend to compare two versions of a chapter? I am new to fiction.
Edit: I have the first draft of the novel done. I am halfway through the first revision. I have asked writing groups to read the beginning, since this is what must pop, for readers.