So, I have my novel planned out. Start to finish, with a little ambiguity in the middle to keep me interested. I'm excited about the characters, and I can't wait to get them into some mess or other. The problem? I can't start. I think I'm afraid that I'll lose the reader's interest--the basic premise of the beginning is that my characters are starving. They've been betrayed by one of their own, all their food has been stolen, and they have no way to "legitimately" get more. In their desperation, they decide to invade a rival gang's territory to find food... the disastrous results of which make up the rest of the story. So, where to start? I need to get the reader emotionally involved, or else they'll be like "who cares?" when the conflict comes about. If I start when they make the choice to invade, the reader won't know the characters' reasons and may be put off by their behavior. If I start earlier, and try to show how they get into such a desperate situation... well, that would be a bunch of narration, involving characters to whom the reader has not been introduced yet. Another "who cares?". Any suggestions about capturing reader's interest? Or just general encouragement? Thanks.