I thought perhaps this topic needed it's own thread. It was the best of times, it was the . . . well, you know the rest. What makes a good opening, that all important first line. It's the first impression the reader gets, aside from the cover work of course. I think each story has a perfect place to begin, it's just a matter of finding that place. Every tale becomes interesting at some point. Our job is to determine when to begin the tale. For instance, The Hobbit didn't become interesting until Bilbo's life was interrupted and he was pulled into the adventure of his life. But I suppose the story could have begun earlier when Bilbo was born, but then I suppose there'd have been a lot of boring paragraphs about life underhill. I have some stories that begin seemingly in the middle of a fight or argument, most though begin with some type of description of a room / person. Some of those lead quickly into a conversation. Some have several paragraphs before any dialogue. I think it's all about the story and the tone and atmosphere that the writer is trying to set for the rest of the story that is important.