"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
"Noelle longed for the redemption that came with a fresh snow."
When your proposal meets the desk of an agent or an editor, you have very little time to make a good impression. Craft your first chapter in a way that not only sets the tone of your story, but does so in a way that lures readers into flipping to the next page. This can be accomplished through weaving in the following: action, conflict, hints of the theme, active scenes, a proactive main character, a disturbance, and the promise of a journey.