Great advice

My former student Cindy Brown was recently at a conference taught by Robert Dugoni. (Bob is so good looking that he looks like he was cast to play an author). She said one of the best things she learned from him was that your first opening line or two should pose a question. He also talked about how to keep information from the reader. 

Cindy will soon be sending out her first mystery, a very funny book featuring a heroine named Ivy who acts in community theatre, into the world. And after hearing Bob speak, she figured out the opening sentences to her new book:

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I should never do anything pre-coffee.

"It was just a teeny fire," I told my Uncle Bob.
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Isn’t that great? I love it. I have a feeling Cindy is going to go places.



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Really captures the heroine's voice. Cindy's book shows why some books work so well in first person.
great advice
Wow. I am both tickled and embarrassed. I didn't see this blog post 'til just now. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement. April, you rock.

Now I’m going to figure out how to make sure I see all posts from now on …
Re: great advice
I think you have to follow me in something, like Google Reader. Or if you have an LJ account, just look at friends only posts.