I think most of us here probably know that the opening (i.e. the first 5 pages, the first chapter, etc.) is the crucial part of our book - our one and only chance to grab in the reader (and the agent/editor/publisher). Lately, however, I've realized that I'm starting to have problems with my opening. Perhaps it's my self-critical personality, but it never seems that my openings were really the "hook" they needed to be - they seemed to kind of drag on. Unlike other parts of the novel, with more interesting scenes, my opening(s) always seemed just kind of... there. So, anyhow, I thought I'd just ask if anyone has any advice or suggestions when it comes to openings? And not just about the mechanics or the kind of suspense an opening needs, but what kind of scenes, what kinds of incidents, do you think generally make better openings?