I am seriously trying not to freak out right now. My writing is just starting to work itself out. I'm down to the last two chapters in editing, and then I read Nathan Bransford's post about Five Openings to Avoid.
And what happens to be the number one thing to avoid on his list - A character waking up: Sure, there's probably a good reason the character is getting woken up. Maybe their house is on fire/they're late for school/they just realized their insides are being sucked out by a sea monster. But not only is waking up overdone, what exactly is gained by showing a character wake up? Why not just cut to the insides-getting-sucked-out chase?
Technically my WIP starts with a nightmare that my POV has been tormented with for the last three years since her uncle's disappearance. It's a haunting glimpse into the happenings of that day, including clues to the reason of his disappearance. My POV has kept these nightmares between herself and her best friend, afraid to confide in her family in case these actual events happened to be based on truth. It also briefly introduces the main love interest. This then rolls into the first chapter, that just happens to have her waking up.
Honestly, I have reworked this beginning over and over. This is the first opening that I have actually felt a kinship for, that I loved. And now there is the distinct possibility that some agents will pass over my WIP because of it? Hence the freaking out! I don't know what actions to take. Do I leave it as it is, or go back and reedit the opening? Ahhhh....What am I saying? If I have to rework the opening again, I am literally going to DIE!!!!!!!!!
I did know that it was risky to start a book with a dream sequence, but for me it was what worked. My sister said she absolutely loves it, but she is not an agent or even a fellow writer. I know what I need is a good Critique Partner, but I just don't know the correct avenues in which to pursue one. In the end, I don't want to appear as some strange stalker, or end up trusting the wrong person.
Please someone help me, I am so freaking out!