This is easily the fifth time that I've been completely stuck on a project at the very beginning. I have these ideas of what I want to happen later on in the novel/story, but I can't find good ways to introduce characters/settings, no matter how vivid of an idea I have. I don't want to simply push through it, because not only would it drive me crazy to know such an important part is subpar, and as the opening it's what's supposed to catch a reader's attention- par will barely cut it as is. I've seen a near overuse of the "Storybook" entrance, where you introduce the lore through the MC, a literal story-within-a-story, then continuing through with the MC's viewpoint, as well as an overuse of the dramatic action sequence that sets up the plot of the story. The problem with the first, though, is that I want to avoid this with great pains, and the latter is usually associated with epic fantasy. My ideas won't work for either of these. As of now, I basically have points B and C clear and defined, but no part A to start the story. How should I go about this? Write a generic opening, edit it later on, and push through, or write the story based on the opening, literally writing the story chronologically? I know I have the liberty of skipping around parts, but it helps to know what I have to and don't have to describe, characters who have or haven't been introduced, so on and so fourth. As always, any and all advice helps!