I've noticed that some of the best fiction I've read recently continues with a strong pace, and consisently leaves the reader with questions unanswered to push the story forward. Therefore in my own unpublished fiction I've experimented with different starts and introductions to help set pace and tempo as required. A good start does not require a great cataclysm - dramatic events do not necessarily translate into dramatic pace, and if disaster is the only thing driving the pace, when that fizzles out, what next? Therefore I'm going to set a simple workshop challenge in this thread - engage the reader quickly. And to prevent people tapping into their own stores so easily, I'll pick a topic: - Somebody walks into a room. It can be any genre, any background, but there *must* be a sense of tension driving this. Additionally, you may write no more than 50 words to convey that tension! If you feel up to it, feel free to post on this thread and hopefully we can all explore the different pro's and cons of the openings posted.