To be honest, so far I have never stressed too much about where to start a story. I've tried two different starting places at most, but usually settled for just before things change, which feels natural to me.
At the moment I am worrying about whether to change the ending, whether to force an ending back at the geographical starting point for a cute spiral (which is what I have at the moment) or end where most of the action has taken place.
Do you think that good story should always triumph over form? How much should a novel be like a poem?
Noma, you spelled my name wrong you.