Mr. Edgerton lists:
the opening line
the opening paragraph
the opening scene
the opening page
and the opening chapter itself.
He says all of these, except the entire first chapter, are included in a proper opening.
Having worked as an editor for a variety of sources, he knows what is required to keep people reading. He tells us,
What is really neat about all this is that starting stories off where they should begin and in a way that makes agents and editors and readers sit up and take notice isn't a difficult thing to master at all. What's even cooler about all this is that once you learn what constitutes the proper beginning to your stories, you're going to be leagues ahead of your competition, and your manuscripts are going to start getting published.Hooked is an invaluable resource for learning how to craft powerful beginnings. If beginnings are an area of weakness for you, you should definitely check out this book.
What area of story writing do you struggle with most?