Everyone knows that the first few lines/paragraph is supposed to have a good hook to draw a reader in. I usually go by this, since if the beginning isn't interesting, how am I to know that the rest of the novel is? Beginnings also show if the writer uses cliches or decides to be creative. Anybody waking up in the morning at the beginning of a novel is stupid. An opening Landscape Scene is also another lame attempt at an opening, but ah well. This isn't a topic on cliches. What do you guys do for the beginning lines of your books? And would you care to share a few starter lines? For me, I think of where I want the beginning of my story to be set at. The crucial point in a story, you could say. After this, I come up with a few random lines, and see which one fits best. Examples from an older book of mine that I'm beginning to rewrite are below~ ---- Wolven Spirit - The starving black maw of the night had eaten everything--sucked every celestial body into oblivion--just as it always did on this day. - Eons of gazing at the night, feeling like a blind man treading the cave of sleeping bears, Vyce saw the dim streak that would put his long-thought-of plan to action. - Some people wonder how to catch a falling star. There's a simple answer to this: you don't. - "So many centuries have passed, Sister, and you finally arrive. Come, let's play power."