I had an interesting idea for how my next novel would start - then I realised - it was a dream. And although very relevant to the plot, I suspect I would be breaking one of the cardinal sins of good story writing. Okay, here's the basic premise: Character is of lineage where traditionally the people have a psychic connection with a particular creature. The species varies, but these are refered to as the person's "Familiar". One of the abilities this creates is the chance for the person to go into a trance and - I suppose "hitchhike" (or "borrow", Pratchett style) that animal's mind. Right, our MC doesn't know she's of this bloodline, she's never met her father (that she can remember) and doesn't have any idea who (or what) he is. All she knows is that she is somewhat empathic ("sensitive"). She lives in an eco-village/commune and is vegetarian. However, she starts having this vicious, brutal dreams that she is hunting and killing animals. This is not because she's a werewolf or similar, but because when she is sleeping, a mental bond is forming between her and her Familiar - an animal that she has no memory of ever meeting. This animal is, of course, a predator. So... the question is (Aside from "does this sound corny or cheesy?") is: Should I start with her dreaming of hunting and killing some poor innocent beasty? Or with her waking abruptly, the taste of blood in her mouth? Can a good writer make the "start with a dream" thing work?