Hey all, I've been lurking here and writing for a couple of years now. Writing has been a long process for me, with many ups and downs, ons and offs, actually it really reminds me of a relationship! Ha, only teasing. I've recently begun writing again and like any other skill, you forget the little things about it until you jump right back into it again! I've heard quite a few times on the forums and from other writers never to start a story with the cliché waking up in the morning and starting the day etc. because a lot of novice writers use it because it's an "easy" beginning. (Or some reason like that). My novel doesn't actually begin with a waking up scene, but the fourth chapter does, at least right now as I have it planned. That just seems to be the best way to continue the story right now; I really don't know if there is another way to open that scene and capture what I'm trying to portray. (one of the main characters is believed to have died in the last chapter, and they wake up still alive and its written in their point of view.) I'm not sure if this is making any sense to all of you, but basically what I'm asking is if its too cliché or "novice" of a writing style to write a scene with a character waking up. Is it distracting to go about such a used path? I know a big response will be "it's your story, you decide!" but that doesn't mean a few thoughts and opinions don't help the process. Thanks for reading my ramble and taking the time to help. I always appreciate everyone on this forum!