Check out this great post from L.R.’s Inkwell blog on starting your novel.
The first thing that pops in my head when I’m trying to start a book is: DON’T start with a cliché. That means don’t start with the weather (it was a clear, sunny day) or starting with a tragedy (car wrecks, health scare or death) or the common – parents divorcing and having to move locations. Starting a book is almost as hard as finishing the book. You have your ideas, possible outline, and may even know exactly what you want to get accomplished within the first chapter. I’ve already discussed much of this in Beginning the Rough Draft, however, this entry is to expand on it a little more.
I once wrote on the power of the initial opening sentence in the entry Word Importance. Save those powerful words for your revisions. They may come later or not at all. Don’t get hung up over it.
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