Let's face it. Hardly anybody finishes a plot anymore. It's the premise, the history, and the origin story that truly captures the imagination. The End in itself is almost always a let down by comparison.
So don't fight it.
Look at me. I've been here on TNBW just about as long (if not longer) than anybody. Seriously. I'm not as active as I used to be (I used tp be a real gung-ho pain in everyone's ass on a mission to capitalize upon all the weaklings populating this website) because I've since become self-aware of my own shortcomings and realized that to span the great divide that art appreciation implies... Well, one must empathize. I was a solipsistic writer, concerned with being true to my singular vision. But just because it worked (but did it, really?) for the likes of Salinger and Henry Miller, doesn't mean it actually works for the average man of letters. I'm not cut out to be commercially viable or even avant-garde. I'm just an extraordinary rambler with an above-average vocabulary, so...
Fair enough. I still want to see literature itself succeed, though. Especially in this day and age of video games and streaming services bleeding to lead. For I still believe there's a voice out there (if not within the confines of this website) worthy of the TNBW title. I just think he/she needs the perfect beginning.
To hell with the middle and the end. That shit will sort itself out over the course. Once the beginning is established, of course.
Indeed, and over the past ten years, I've read a lot of good to great beginnings to novels on this website (and tried like Hell to write my own) but unfortunately, regrettably, and inevitably... I've yet to encounter a single one I could definitively regard as unstoppable.
This is not a referendum, mind you, but rather a challenge. Let's try and hook these Hollywood/Silicon Valley hotshots with such an impregnable and redoubtable premise, preface, prologue, whatnot/what-have-you that you leave them no other choice but to wonder: