- Great opening line/hook to grab reader’s attention
- Establish your main characters
- Introduce conflict which is in some way connected to the main conflict.
- Story setting, time, season etc.
- Make the genre obvious to the reader.
What you don’t do in first five pages is – don’t introduce any backstory. Since the reader is not yet invested in your characters, she is not going to be interested in knowing about the characters’ background.