How Not to start a book,
Opening with a Dream
How NOT to start a book, Never under any circumstances, open the story with an action than reveal that the character was dreaming. Do not end your story that everything that happened was a dream either. Agents or editors won’t be happy with that.
Same as dreaming, do not open your story with your MC waking up and doing the usual boring stuff. Like brushing his/her teeth, making coffee, eating breakfast etc. The story should start with an action or at least, before the action. However, some say you can start the story with your character waking up with a gun pointing in his/her head because that starts with the immediate action.
The tour is when your character is sitting in her room i.e living room and starts to talk what’s in it and describing his/her stuff.
Another tip in How Not to start a book is, do not example write your MC goes to the bathroom and starts to describe herself/himself by looking in the mirror. Big no.no. It is considered one of the biggest cliches in writing.
This is where your MC is visiting her family and starts to describe her mother, father, and siblings. Keep in mind that the reader is starting to get to know your MC so, give your reader the chance to get acquainted with the MC first, then start to introduce your reader to other characters.
Happy Writing xxx