The very first paragraph in your chapter is supposed to capture the reader, pull them into the story and make them want to read, correct? Well, there's this little thing called the preface, and that's where I have my problem. I have an incredible preface for my novel, thinking it'd basically be what pulls the readers in. Unfortunately, after I'd written out the preface and the first few chapters, I realized that some readers (including myself at one point) never read prefaces or anything before the first chapter. I can't seem to write a good opening paragraph, though, and that's why I stuck with the preface instead of writing one out. It's nagging me and it's driving me crazy. Here's my preface: With all the controversy going around about these... devices, you’d think we’d have more publicity. James had no idea what he’d invented, and by giving it to us, he’d given us both an incredible future, and a death sentence. And, now, with these guys on our tail, there’s no chance of escaping. Somehow, they’ve devised some sort of plot to... to take us down and use the devices to change history. Our only chance is to stop them before it’s too late. With any luck, and time on our side, it’ll only take ten seconds. I kept it vague, and intriguing, but something tells me I need an opening paragraph, and I just can't seem to write one that fits. Have any suggestions? Need any more information?