The spark... that one brilliant idea that pops into your head at any moment, the one where you have to find a notebook, a cell phone, or a napkin to write it down. As writers we all have it, it comes and goes throughout the day, at all moments we are thinking about the piece we are working on, or a book we are reading, we live for words, those we write, and those we read. It is part of us.
The problem is, sometimes the idea falls a little short. I have great ideas, the problem is none of them can start a story. They are all in the middle of the book, or at the climax, I never seem to quite start at that beginning, think of that perfect line. How the character and the reader first meet, I am longing to have that connection, and yet at the moment I haven't been able to find the answer, the piece I am looking for to really start the journey off.
I have found that the more and more an idea pops into my head it is never a start to the beginning, do you find the same to be true? Does the beginning of the story come rather easily to you, or do you ignore not having a beginning and write what you know? Any books or exercises that seemed to help?! Any knowledge is welcome!