Everybody knows that the first line of any new story needs to hook the reader in an instant. If you're writing a story, whether it's a short piece, a full scale novel or even a non-fiction book, the opening paragraph is key. If you can't win your reader over on page one than you've double the effort to keep them turning to page two and beyond!
The first page, paragraph... let's get down to reality, it's the very first sentance that really counts. Think about your opening word carefully and choose well! It's just my humble opinion but the first piece a reader absorbs from your work should captivate them into reading on, and on, and on... you get the picture!
It's not as tricky as it sounds, just pay a little extra attention and you'll find yourself set off on the right foot.