Okay, I'm cheating today. Go here to Nicola Morgan's blog. She has a great, great, fantastic post about beginnings, and offers some good advice as well. Go on already, click!!
Okay, just in case you were too lazy to click, I'll give you a brief snippet . . .
Why are we wrong to angst about starting points for novels?
•because you can change it later - just get started and see what happens. Changing the beginning later is one of the easiest aspects of a revision, but you need to get the beginning down now, even if you end up moving it.
•because the hard and fast rules are not very hard or fast. The essential one is: do what works for THIS book.
•because starting points are about to be a lot easier to think about, as I'm about to give you some guidelines. Hooray! And then some options and examples. Even more hoorayish.
Okay, that's all the preview I'm giving you. She provides tons, tons of examples from her own books about various beginnings, and some thoughtful advice as well.
What did I gain most from her post?? Well, in her words because you can change it later! She's right. No matter what beginning I start with - a fall down the stairs, a scream in the night, an empty kitchen and a boiling pot of water, a pitcher of margaritas - I can always change it later.
It's kind of scary how she can read my mind. I mean, how does she know that I endlessly change my beginnings during the writing process? How? How? Oh, because she's a writer (like us all) and been there, done that, and has multiple t-shirts.
So, go on, click on over and have a good read!