If you went ahead and started reading this anyway in spite of the title- first of all, good for you!! Second- the flower has nothing to do with anything. It’s orange, and orange grabs attention. Third- here is your assignment:
Write five “first sentences” for a new novel. It doesn’t matter what it is about. the idea is to see if you are learning or have learned how to hook a reader from the beginning. Try to make it unique or even a little off kilter. Disturbing is always good, but not too disturbing unless you are targeting a small audience of sociopaths…which…don’t.
Let it involve something that will tie into your story later as an integral part, or something a reader won’t expect to see in line one. This is a good exercise, and who knows…it may very well spark a novel!