Ive been trying to write a fantasy novel for quite some time now, but I'm unable to get more than a few chapters down before I give up and start again... I have my characters fairly fleshed out, and I haven even drawn a map of my world. My main problem is coming up with a decent opening - one that will keep readers interested and wanting to read on. I've tried a dramatic chase scene through the woods. I've tried the farmboy hunting in the woods. I've tried a group of dwarfed chatting noisily in a tavern about wars in a nearby kingdom. My problem is that I have something in mind, I just don't know how to get started on the correct path. I'm actually a little worried; if I'm having this much trouble getting started, how will I possibly be able to persevere through an entire novel? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.