There is a wonderful post by Rachelle Gardner yesterday about openings. If you didn't already know, she was the fabulous Secret Agent this month at Miss Snark's First Victim. I actually remembered the deadline this time, set my cell phone to go off to remind me, and sent off a post that made it in the running.
I didn't win the contest, but I got some great feedback by the other entrants. I had sent the first 250 words of my first novel, which I haven't fiddled with since last January. The feedback was so eye-opening, and Ms. Gardner gave detailed critiques on each and every entry, which was phenomenal.
Her post above, was what she talked about after the contest, and all about how important your openings are. That 250 words doesn't seem like much, but it can make or break you. YOU know what comes next, but your reader doesn't, and if you don't have them drooling for more, they're going to close up shop and go elsewhere.
Excellent post, and really has my brain twisting on revamping my first chapter into something worthy!!