I was in front-crawl mode, eager to keep my place in a crowded fast lane, when the first line came to me. I had searched for it for months, and though I kept trying to generate ideas that might make for an exciting book, I couldn’t find the right place to start. And then there it was: six beautiful words, bubbling into my brain mid-stroke. In truth, these words are far from eloquent and I may have to delete them on a later draft. But at this moment, they are the voice of my main character, a sentence for how she introduces herself to me, her writer. I sit down at my computer and sure enough, six words produce 28 pages before I need to come up for air.