We’ve all heard the advice about the best ways to begin a novel: grab the reader’s attention, shock the audience, throw the reader headfirst into the story, etc. And while we all agree those are probably good ideas, some writer still insist on going their own way and breaking convention, just to be different. Sometimes different works. Sometimes it’s code for “shooting yourself in the foot.”
Here is a great blog post about the worst ways to begin a novel, by folks who know and care: literary agents. These are the folks you’re trying to impress with your manuscript. It might be a good idea to listen and heed.