Some background: in January, I wrapped up the second book in the Fat City Mysteries (called A KILLER WORKOUT).Then I started writing the first couple of pages of Book Three.
Fast forward to February, and I’m still working on the first couple of pages of Book Three, which features murder, mayhem and plastic surgery (the working title is FINAL CUT).
My struggle has to do with getting all the pieces just right in those first few paragraphs: character, humor, tone, plot and mystery elements. Once I get them defined, those elements, like the hands, take hold of the body of the story. From there, everything else flows more easily. But those first few pages are always tough.
So I’m wondering—what are the elements that most powerfully draw you into a story, that keep you turning the pages? As an author, are the first pages the most difficult? Which aspects are hardest to establish?