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Start At The Very Beginning. A Very Good Place To Start? Not Always!

Be A Novelist Does a hard and fast rule exist that states that a novelist must begin writing at the beginning of his or her novel?  Actually (a surprise to many), there is not. No such rule exists.

A rule that would supersede such a rule is the rule that any barrier or handicap that prevents you from beginning your novel must be overcome. Now that rule is hard and fast. In fact it should be engraved in marble!

Here it is again in BOLD!

Any barrier or handicap that prevents you from beginning your novel must be overcome!

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Am I saying that a strong beginning (first sentence, first paragraph, first page, first chapter) is not important?  Absolute it is important.  But what if you have been casting about for weeks and it’s just not coming? That means all of the rest of your novel is just sitting there in the corridors of your mind waiting. And waiting.

Stop a minute and consider. What is coming to you? What scene can you see clearly in your mind? What voices do you hear? The best thing to do is start at any point you feel capable of writing at this very moment in time.

Once you begin, your good old reliable subconscious mind will happily kick in and ideas will begin to flow. Yes, even ideas for that great first chapter.

As long as you use “I don’t know where to start…” as an excuse, the excuse will continue to rule your writing life.  Don’t allow that to happen!

Here’s the most interesting point about all of this. Even the most experienced of writers will tell you that their seemingly perfect first chapter often wound up in the rubbish pile before the novel was ever completed.  Why? Because it’s the completed novel that determines the perfection of Chapter One.

Okay, there you go. Another excuse hits the dust! Time to write!

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First title in the Norma Jean Lutz Classical Collection

Now available on Kindle.

Clean reads for teens, because teens deserve a choice!

• Clean teen reads
• Timeless story lines that never grow old
• A choice for readers in reading materials and themes
• Classic reads from a more innocent era

FREE on Kindle Today! First Title in Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection

Be A NovelistFlower in the Hills

First Title in the

Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection

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October 25, 2013

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During my writing career I have been privileged to have over 50 titles published under my name. Due to the nature of the publishing world in days past, most of these titles were off the shelves and out of print in a short period of time. Sad but true.

Now, a new day has dawned in the word of publishing. Digital publishing has created the opportunity for my past titles to be reintroduced to a whole new generation of readers.

These stories are timeless in spite of the fact they were penned several decades ago. Hence, I have chosen to call them the Norma Jean Lutz Classic Collection.

I’m excited to be able to bring these stories out of the files and into the hands of a new generation of readers.

Flower in the Hills is the first title in the Classic series – with many more to follow.