I'm writing a novel in which a lot of the time is spent walking. Literally walking along an old bridge. Eventually the main character comes across several other characters that will make things much more lively, but I need a way to fill space for two or three chapters before she comes across her first companion.
So basically, I need some ideas to fill space. I already have a few paragraphs where she reminisces about her dreams, but I'm out of ideas. What would be interesting to read but not a major event, so I can continue to set up the story? (This is at the very beginning btw.)
A few things that might help: she is traveling a long distance to find a cure for her terminally ill sister. Her first stop is a bustling city where she's hoping to get more information.
Thanks so much! Any ideas will help. I really just want to know what people will actually want to read that won't be too dull. Should I write more about her backstory? Should I express her concerns and anxieties about not being able to find a cure in time?
Have a great day! Thanks again! ^^
Edit: I apologize for not being clear enough. My main concern is not speeding the novel along too much. I'm looking for a way to fill space between the first chapter and the chapter where the first conflict occurs.
Originally I had it where the character barely starts walking and almost immediately encounters a hole in the bridge. This doesn't make sense for my story, so I need a way to 1. Show that she has traveled quite a long distance, and 2. Fill in space between the first chapter and the first major conflict.
I want to make sure that my novel is well-paced and that I have enough time to worldbuild and set up the scene of the novel. I just want to make sure that it's not rushed.
Thanks for all your wonderful help, everyone! I appreciate the tips :)