When you’re learning to write, especially fiction, you learn the importance of drawing the reader into the story in the first paragraph or two. One of the most thrilling beginnings I have read came in the mystery novel Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. There is no way you can put this book down once you have read the first page.
This skill works in other types of literary works. Even in poetry, the poet learns to draw the reader immediately. Remember, Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride. It told the story of the great Revolutionary War hero. The reader is drawn into the tale immediately. Also, check out The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Centennial by James A. Michener.