I've started my introduction about three times, and it's getting on my nerves. I cannot start well. I decided to "just write" and edit later, but honestly, even that isn't working too well. Let me show you what I mean: Attempt One: The boy was gone again, much to Lucy's frustration. Austin never listened to her, even when it was important. And right now, it was important. "Even when our ship sinks, he doesn't listen to me." Lucy sighed, knowing that she had to find him, and quickly. Austin had a tendency to find trouble anywhere he went. Attempt Two: If only her mother wasn't so old-fashioned, and she hadn't forced Lucy to wear a dress. Hiking up her skirts, Lucy stumbled through the forest as fast as her feet could carry her. Why? Because her brother had run off, even though she repeatedly told him not to. Swerving to avoid a birch, Lucy reflected on the situation. Austin, truth be told, hardly ever listened to her. It wasn't all that surprising. Only, this time it's serious, thought Lucy. We're in a place nobody has ever gone before. Attempt Three: It was strange, a civilized city amidst the oceans. The scene below quite reminded Lucy of 19th century England. Women in long dresses stood in groups, probably gossiping, and the men held their own conversations amongst each other. Most astoundingly, Lucy saw buildings. Frankly, I don't know how to start, and the third attempt is absoloutely dreadful and scattered writing. I am clueless on how to describe a city/village/town, I think I decided I would do that with the last attempt. Any tips? I honestly need to start my story off in some way that I won't absoloutely cringe at. How do you go about describing such a scene?