Openings. They’re hard. “You have to grab the reader in the first sentence.” “If you haven’t gotten the reader’s attention in the first three pages, you’ve lost them.” “The first three chapters are all you’ve got. If you can’t take the reader by storm in the beginning, the you aren’t going to keep them reading.”
No pressure, hah! That’s heaps of pressure!
Many times when I sit down to open a book my brain will go blank, because I’m trying to come up with a knock-their-socks-off opening. Here’s how I get around it:
I don’t try to start at the beginning. Another piece of advice is, “get into the action as late as possible, and get out as early as possible.” So when writing, if I see a scene but not the opening, I don’t worry about the setup. I get into the scene and write what I do see. In the process, I usually come up with an opening – or I worry about it during edits.