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No matter how interesting its premise, or how skillful the use of language, getting a literary agent to notice your manuscript in the first place, depends on how compelling is its opening. A novel’s beginning is one of the most difficult writing feats to pull off well. I say this because the beginning has to flex more narrative muscles than other parts of the novel. In a short amount of space, it sets up events of the story, introduces characters, situates the reader, and immerses him deeply enough to keep him turning the page. From the many manuscripts I’ve read over the past couple of years, I put together some tips on writing a better beginning for your novel. . . . Read more of Lisa’s post on Relentless Writers.