In my Fantasy WIP, I pretty much have all the major points in the middle and the end. I've even started to outline the accompanying work. The characters and their arcs are for the most part planned out and the villain is pretty developed as well. The problem is writing the beginning. I've written several drafts of the opening chapters and they just aren't really clicking with me. It just comes off as too contrived and it's really hard to get the main character really involved with what's going on without going with the whole "burning down the village" cliche. The basic story is that an evil from over a thousand years ago, an evil that caused a war between humans, gods and demons that literally tore the world apart and knocked back civilization back several centuries, has returned somehow. The Gods fearful sends out a young priestess to track down the hero who defeated the evil in order to restore his power so he can fight the villain again before things gets worse. Problem is an accident causes the MacGuffin to activate and transfer the power to the protagonist who has no prior history or involvement in any of this. He joins the cause anyways because he's been reading legends and tales all his life and is initially thrilled to finally be a part of one but soon learns that being a hero isn't as easy as it is in the stories.... It all sounds well and good, but I just can't think of a proper accident that would springboard the plot into action. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.