Here are some more tips on starting your story. Number seven is of crucial importance. At times I will begin a chapter with dialogue, but normally it is better to start with setting or conflict between characters. Check out some of the other tips on how to start your story and then get busy writing.

6. Start with a minor mystery. 
While you don’t want to confuse your readers, presenting them with a puzzle can be highly effective—particularly if the narrator is also puzzled. This has the instant effect of making the reader and narrator partners in crime. An unanswered question can even encompass an entire novel.

7. Keep talk to a minimum. 
If you feel compelled to begin a story with dialogue, keep in mind that you’re thrusting your readers directly into a maelstrom in which it’s easy to lose them. One possible way around this is to begin with a single line of dialogue and then to draw back and to offer additional context before proceeding with the rest of the conversation.

8. Be mindful of what works. 
Once you’ve given some concentrated thought to your own opening line, check out some literature in your genre.

9. When in doubt, test several options. 
Writers are often advised to make a short list of titles and try them out on friends and family. Try doing the same with opening sentences. An opening line, like a title, sometimes seems truly perfect—until you come up with several even better choices.

10. Revisit the beginning once you reach the end. 
Sometimes a story evolves so significantly during the writing process that an opening line, no matter how brilliant, no longer applies to the story that follows.