At the Writer’s Digest Web site, the article Opening Scenes: An Overview details a double-handful of building blocks for a novel or short story.
It’s a great list, full of wisdom, humor, specifics and examples.
6. The Opening Line
Spend an awful lot of time on this sentence. In fact, more effort should be expended on your story’s first sentence than on any other line in your entire story. No kidding.
The Web article is an excerpt from Wes Edgerton’s book Hooked! Another title that you will find in the Workshop’s library. We’ve got more than 100 craft books on hand.