I just read a HUGE thread on another forum about effective ways to begin your novel. People posted their first three lines, opened up to criticism from other posters. It made me realize the beginning of the thing I'm writing, my story, doesn't really hook the reader. It hooks me, since I know what's coming, but I'm not the reader. So now I'm considering changing up the when. What if I started it off with this fight, which is now the middle, and then backtracked by having the main character remembering how she got to the present situation? So my entire story up until the fight is a recollection. After that, it will be in actual time. Make sense? Too convoluted? I feel like I've read novels that have done this; I need to find a way to give her lots of time alone to do the remembering. She is taking a flight from LA to NY right after the fight, so maybe then? Please forgive my (dumb!) questions. I am new at this and every time I think I have it, I read something that says no, sorry, you don't!