- protagonist wakes up
- protag goes through a boring day
- protag walks around thinking about life
- protag has a foreshadowing dream
Do books do this? Yes. Do they lower your chances of getting an agent? Yes. Start with ACTION + DIALOGUE.
2nd book's Ch. 1: Starts at interesting moment with a boring person
3rd book's Ch. 1: Starts a beat too soon, thinking about life
4th book: Starts with a vampire attacking a drunk pianist. Won 2 awards.
Voice + conflict + action + dialogue + prose + [mysterious heart-spice] = CARE