Hi folks! Newcomer here,been watching this place for a few days and got to say I'm really starting to love it,bear with me here as English is my third language and still have lots to work on my grammar before i start writing novels,but ever since i was a child i felt it was my calling so hope someday i will make it,that said... For sometime i was pondering an idea as what's the best way to start a novel and feel this is the right place to discuss it, i generally divide them into three categories: 1.Slow boring start as it takes time to get us really interested in the story. 2.A start that does not really make much sense on the first read as it throws us into middle of the story but on the second read reveals its true art. 3.A start that from the first few sentences you feel pulled into the story and want to know more. The reason i ask is because were ever i read other peoples reviews i always notice they mention how the novel started and most base there opinion if they will read it or not on how it started out,so made me think what's the best way. An example on each of the categories: 1.The Silmarillion is the perfect example as its a piece of art many will say but a lot of people find the beginning so boring and hard that many didn't finish it. 2.Think the wheel of time by Robert Jordan makes a good example at first read it don't make much sense as you don't know who this Lewis the dragon is and why he killed everyone and all just feels confusing,but later when you finish the series and go back to read the first book you see it through different eyes and enjoy that beginning in a different way. 3.For me it was the song of ice and fire by GRRM,the moment you start reading it you feel pulled to it and so interested,tho later for me it just went down the hill from there but that's not the point here. So how do you view the beginning of a story and how important is the beginning for you?