Basically, I've started to write a few scenes of what I hope with take the shape of a short story or novel. The story focuses on a soldier who returns from war, and he's suffering from mental illness. Do you think its a cliche to have a memory as the first 'scene'? I wanted to embed some symbolism and meaning in the memory, but I've read lots of stories with dreams and things like that at the beginning, and I don't want this to be cliche. Tell me what you think, thanks.