In this day and age, I don't feel readers are as patient as they once were. They don't want to be bored with the lore of the environment, the characters, the conflict, etc., they just want to get to the meat of the story; the action and drama...so, in my opinion, an author has to be a bit more creative when considering what to write about in the first chapter of their novel then previous generations of authors. They almost have to throw the reader right into the action from the get go and then fill in the gaps later, using dialog or flashbacks. As a curiosity, I was just wondering how other authors decide on where to begin their story? Are linear stories a thing of the past or could one still get away with writing everything in chronological order?