Beginnings. First word. First phrase. First sentence. First chapter. Introduction of your first character. First description. First thought. First telling scene. First adverb. First dialogue. First back story. First conflict. First voice.
Beginnings are bad business for me. In medias res. Words to live by. Begin in the middle somewhere. But that doesn't really mean that we neglect all the first moments. Whether we begin in motion, in thought, in character we are still at the beginning of something and the reader needs to be able to follow you. To follow they need trust. To trust they need character. To trust your character they need a story. So where do you begin?
Maybe I'm asking the wrong question. It's not where do you begin but how do you begin to tell your story.
Character = voice.
Story = plot
Begin where your reader can capture a bit of character and plot. What the heck is going on and what the heck are you (your character) going to do about it?
That would be the million dollar question. Now only if I can find the right words...