I spent a couple weeks rewriting and restructuring the start of a story. The hook that grabs readers and reels them in. Finally, I think it only needs a little editing and that’s it.
Speaking of the first five pages, check out The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. It has great writing advice, often dispensed in a hilarious fashion: lots of examples of really bad writing. Noah worked as an editor at publishing houses and draws upon the dreck that has passed under his nose that made him wince, and us laugh. The “Oh, Henry! Oh, Margaret” melodramatic example and “The boy ran. Into the woods. It was dark. Scary,” example are practically worth the price of the ebook. If you write, buy this book. You will laugh and learn.