I have the general issue of beginning, well, anything. No matter how much I want to do something and how many great ideas I have, it's the opening that I cannot seem to get down. Exactly where in the scene do I begin? How far ahead should I start so that I don't just skip right into the action, but what is too far and unnecessary? Which words do I even use? Do I start off with a thought, a description, a piece of dialogue...? My ideas for the scenes I'm writing are a lot like dreams, where you cannot possibly remember the beginning. I need to write enough "around" the main scene to give it context and all, but I shouldn't overdo it because then it all becomes annoying to read. I know this might be a vague description and that it's very difficult to answer without knowing what exactly is meant to happen in each individual scene, but does anyone have a good rule of thumb or some kind of tips for how I can write the beginning of new paragraphs and chapters? It's practically just the first few sentences that are difficult.