Beginnings explain who the story is about and how they got into the story-worthy problem situation. First we see our protagonist in his ordinary world (however not-ordinary this world may be for the reader, it’s normal life for him.)
Unless the first sentence hooks, you’ve just lost a reader. The aim of the first line is to propel the reader into reading the second, which drives him to read the third, and so on. Editors receive a stack of manuscripts on a daily basis. Excuses such as “it gets better when you get into it” just won’t do.
Don’t just love it when a book grabs you from the first paragraph and you just can’t put it down? You find yourself carrying the book around so that you can keep reading at any chance you get. Many writers aspire to writing a page-turner. Some writers have a natural talent for it, fortunately for the rest of us, it is a skill that can be learned.
Prologues & Epilogues