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What do you think of your novel opening? That first sentence of your story. The one the agent will read and within 6 seconds she/he will make a decision based on those words. Those first very important words.
These beginnings have to make you remember. Make you imagine. Make you want to read more and more.
I have struggled over my beginning with SEVENTY TWO HOURS. That first sentence. UGH! So many rewritten first sentences, first paragraphs, and first pages.
I finally got mine. Or did I ? ^_^ See? That's my struggle. As soon as I would rework the sentences/paragraphs/pages, I would question what I wrote, send said junk to Beth, where she would tell me what the problem might be. Then, I would start anew.
Of course, you know my personal favorite:
"The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it." Oh man! That is sooooooooo good!
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
"Marley was dead: to begin with."
"I am Sam. Sam I am.
"TRUE! - nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?"
"Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin."
"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish."
Did I mention I finally got mine? Maybe... ^_^