EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Martha Thomases is some of the best advice TVWriter™ has ever heard anybody give writers. Read it and don’t forget to thank the nice lady when you’re rich and famous!
by Martha Thomases
The dame walked into my office just before closing. An older woman, dressed like every other woman in this city in a black leather jacket and black pants. You wouldn’t look twice at her unless you were allergic to cats, because she was covered with cat hair.
“I require your services, Mr. Spade,” she said, a trace of the midwest in her voice. “I’ve lost something very precious. Perhaps it was stolen. In any case, I must have it returned to me. I’ll pay you anything if you can find it.”