By Joe Bunting
"How to Start Your Novel
"I used to think you should start a novel on page one with a bang, that you should throw the reader straight into conflict. I heard agents and publishers want novels full of conflict, novels that immediately hook them, and I thought, I can do that. So I cut out all my world building and characterization and focused on the central plot from the very beginning...
"Novels should begin with character and world building. You need to introduce the reader and let them explore your world a little before you can introduce the conflict of the main plot."