Beginnings are hard. You have to introduce the character, the problem and sometimes the villain. It's hard to know where to start. We've all heard the cliche ways of course...
*A character waking up in the morning.
*Someone being chased.
*Someone running through a forest.
*A description of the weather.
*A character describing him or herself in the mirror.
*The MC's view on some emotion or concept. Like love or something.
*The MC getting ready for work or school.
And my least favorite:
*An awesome or exciting scene that turns out to be a dream.
So, how do we make an opening scene different?
I think it has a lot to do with the character in general. For me, I like to get to know the character a little before they dive into some chase scene or something. Get to know their personality. Even if it's only a few paragraphs. How they look at the world. A little dialogue can tell a lot about a person. You can do so much with just a few sentences.
So, how do you guys start a book? How do you figure out what works for an opening scene and what doesn't? I sometimes struggle with the first scene. I tend to do better at endings. :) And to make myself clear, there is nothing wrong with starting your book with some of the scenes I mentioned above. I was only saying they are used a lot. It's okay if you have a scene like that in your book. :)