Yesterday, I got a phone call that started like this.
"Hey, Patti, how's it going."
I had no clue who was on the phone and it took me a good minute to figure it out. (I guess I didn't want to be rude and ask).
How does this relate to writing?
Let's pretend the person who called me is the author and I'm the reader. It took me a while to get situated – to know who I was talking to. Even though I like books that open with some action, I also like it when the author is clear about what is going on, so I'm not scratching my head for four pages going, "What the heck..." If it's too hard to follow, I'm less inclined to keep reading.
How about you? Do you like knowing what's going on right away in a book? Or do you like to be left guessing for a little bit?