By weak I mean an agent will frown upon it or a reader will not be "hooked." What I'm thinking is re-writing the beginning where I have my main character speaking at his father's funeral. The main character will then say his speech on what he learned from his father. The speech is hopefully going to be a few paragraphs long and touching. Is this a weak way to begin? On this topic, what are the best ways to begin a novel or any form of writing for that matter ? What are the worst?