A former English teacher of mine once told us to pay close attention to the first sentence of a story because it would set the tone and the stage for the entire piece. Ever since then, I've had a fascination for first lines I actually have the opposite problem -- I love writing beginnings! I usually know where I want to start; it's where I want to go that's often unknown So true! The example that came to my mind right away was Pulp Fiction. It begins and ends in what's really the middle of the story. Spoiler And the way it ends, with Jules and Vincent walking out of the diner and off into the metaphorical sunset, leaves it with what seems to be a happy ending ... when really, Vincent is going to die soon. And yet, even knowing that, the way it's presented gives it a totally different ending vibe than what it would have if it was linear.