I was wrestling with this very idea the other night. I later determined that an extremely sharp toenail was somehow digging into my back, which was the cause of my sleepless night of discomfort. (Full disclosure: There was no toe attached to the toenail, thank goodness.)
Anyway, thank you for the much needed clarification.
“How to Write the First 3 Paragraphs of YOUR Indie Novel” - by Max Waxwelp1) Always write 3 sentences of exposition; 2) now create some dialogue, preferably no more than 2 sentences; and 3) make certain the dialogue is either inane or humorous. Example:
“Bob, I did not know you wore yellow suspenders,” Sally remarked.
“Gee, Sally, those are not suspenders. I am wearing yellow underwear today,” Bob revealed.
The dialogue above will help produce at least 100 more pages of dialogue.