('Never' isn't an acceptable answer, btw.) So, I kiiind of knew that beginning a novel with someone waking up was cliche. I quickly confirmed this hunch with a google search. But, all of these examples agreed that wake up starts are cliche when they include: alarm clocks, sunrises, being woken by someone/a dream, a horrible thing happening, morning routines, coffee, breakfast in bed.... Unfortunately, I have a feeling that "waking up in a different world" or "an unusual location" is also overdone. I just can't find any comments about it. I haven't written anything yet. The story is still in the conception stage. But, I've been somewhat set on this opening. I'm guessing there is a way to write such an opening to make it "less cliche".... I've considered starting with the person already awake, basically immediately after. Her eyes would already be open, but perhaps her mind is still trying to make sense of her surroundings, much like what happens when people wake up in a place unusual for them (like a hotel), those initial few seconds of gaining mental bearings. In this case, shock and utter confusion would be added into the mix. Or is that really no different than the wake up start that involves actually waking up? All it does is avoid the "eyes fluttering open" kind of thing. So I figured I'd post here to get some opinions.