A slush-reading friend read my last post on openings and asked me to pass along this message.
"And here's what I never want to see again on page one. 1. Heroine driving and thinking about things. 2. Heroine flying and thinking about things. (In fact, no solitary travel in any form.) 3. Heroine staring in mirror and picking apart her own appearance. 4. Heroine being clumsy a.k.a the "adorable klutz" moment. 5. Heroine reminiscing about past lover/dead parent/baby given up for adoption. 6. The word Prologue. 7. Bathing, dressing, eating, cleaning -- all are dull. Of course, now that I list them, someone's going to submit a poignant and heartbreaking prologue where the heroine washes dishes and stares at her reflection in the dishwater and thinks about her past and then drives somewhere."
And that's a valid point. No matter how clear the "rules" and the reasons for them, someone's going to figure out a way to break them brilliantly. (How do you know if you've done it? If you have to ask....)