Don’t… open your story with a hero/heroine that pities him/herself.
Readers have to believe in your hero/heroine’s ability to forge ahead, to conquer good over evil, to find their one true love, to win the race, etc. If we don’t believe in them on page one, then there’s no need to turn to page two.
Do… allow your hero/heroine to show a deep sadness or need that must be fulfilled as a baseline for their character arc.
At the same time, reveal their strengths and talents, which tell readers the hero/heroine has the ability to change, to fight back, to grow stronger. To become the hero/heroine they are meant to be.
Good luck, Angels!
Your Editor Devil