Last week, I polled readers about how they like books to begin. Granted, I have a small readership, and the poll had a small response, but I was surprised at what I learned.
There was a tie between “Conversation” and “Background material or character/setting.” So much for the “Readers want you to begin with action” accepted wisdom.
In fact, the answers were so all-over-the-board, I’d say my basic advice to what writers should do still stands: Do Whatever Works.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Begin a story with conversation and/or setting.