Because I've been such a nerd this week about this little series of books called The Hunger Games trilogy, I figured I might as well use it as my journal.
Suzanne Collins tells the reader everything he or she needs to know about the main character in the first four pages, and it could be argued she does it in two.
Don't believe me? Read a sample.
See what I mean?
Sister. Daughter. Fighter. Survivor. Hunter. Rebel.
Sure, she grows and changes throughout the novel, but the core of her is right there in the first few pages.
Journal: If you're writing a book, look at your first few pages. Do they hint at the whole story?