You've got a story bouncing around in your head, and you just have to put the pen to paper to get it out. But once you sit down to do so, it can be hard to get started. After all, many readers judge a book by its first few lines. The three main ways to start things off are:
The most important thing to remember when starting those crucial first lines is that you can always re-write them! Get something down, make some progress on the story, then go back and review these tips to see if improvements can be made.