I've just looked over the terrible first eight pages of my novel (but that's okay, because I'll just keep on writing forward, and go back to those pages when I start editing my novel).
So I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you what I've learned so far about writing the first few pages of my novel (and from what I've learned from reading other novels).The first pages of a novel are very important, especially for an unpublished, aspiring writer. These pages are the opening hook for your novel, the purpose of which is to immediately draw the reader into your story.
Now, how do you write a good opening hook for your story.......
I have absolutely no idea how to do this.
The only thing I do know is what I wouldn't like to read as the opening hook for a story. So, in my opinion, don't put these in your opening pages.
1) It can't be slow paced. The beginning can never be slow.
2) There shouldn't be long descriptions of something, like a mountain or the country, that are several paragraphs long.
3) It shouldn't start out as something happening to the main character, but it turned out to be just a dream
4) There shouldn't be a long narrative that contains a character's backstory.
5) Don't start with "Once upon a time...."
6) Don't talk about the weather.
7) And please, no cliches.
At the moment, these are all I can think of. Though there are probably more things out there that you should avoid when writing your first pages.
JUST DO YOUR BEST AND THINK OF WHAT YOU YOURSELF WOULD LIKE TO READ IN THE FIRST FEW PAGES WHEN YOU START READING A NOVEL. That's the best advice I can give you.
(*There are sometimes exceptions to the rule. A few great novels out there began with terrible first pages and was still a success. I can't think of any of those novels now, but I'm sure there are a few out there).