Alexandra Sokoloff is at it again; she has a great post on First Chapters that's a must-read. When you're finished, check out Jordan McCollum's post on Don't Tell Me How You Feel: showing emotions.
But before you head over, listen to what Margaret Atwood has to say about The Publishing Pie. She speaks for 20 minutes, then takes questions for 10 minutes, and although that may seem long, I promise it's worth the time. I first caught her speech on Rachelle Gardner's blog.