Here's another thing I've never done before: I never went back and read what I'd written so far while working on the first draft. Last night, I read my beginning and hated it. No surprise there. The surprise came today when I had the ideal way of starting this story in my head without warning. It was all there, and I knew it was good.
I just wrote it down and I still think it's good. Sure, a bit of revision will make it better, but it's got potential. It certainly is much better than the waffle I'd written last week. Yay!