I love writing beginnings. I bet I start ten stories for every one that I finish. My favorite part of writing a beginning is coming up with an opening line. It feels like a golden opportunity to say something strange or shocking and grab the reader's attention. I always try to pay attention to opening lines when I'm reading, too. I think they are a little like pick-up lines. You have to ask yourself, " Would I go home with this novel? Would I make it breakfast in the morning?" We are asking the reader to take a chance on us, and you only get one opportunity to make a (weird) first impression. What is it they say? How a story begins determines whether you will read it, and how it ends determines whether you'll recommend it to someone else? I think both are true for me.
Did you ever read a story that really "had you at hello"?