Why is it so hard to find the right place to begin a story, especially a novel? Do you begin before the beginning so the reader meets the main character before her life changes, begin in the middle, at the moment of change, and what do you think about prologues?
For my work in progress, I tried about four different beginnings before settling on one that's two scenes prior to the big life changing event. I think it works because Mabel's in the middle of a conflict that will pull her through until the big moment. As much as I really like my opening scene, I know that I might still have to change it after I've completed all of the second draft.
How do you know when you've started a story in the right place? Are books out there that just nailed the beginning even though they've broken the rules? What do you think those rules are?