• Between the Lines

    Laurin Wittig is an award-winning author of historical romance novels originally published by Berkley/Jove and now available as ebooks. She has 20+ years of experience in the writing business as an author, a critiquer, and teacher of creative writing.

    In October, 2011, she closed her critique business in order to focus on her own writing. She maintains this blog as a resource to writers.

    To learn more about Laurin's books please visit LaurinWittig.com
  • What Between the Lines clients are saying…

    “Laurin Wittig has a phenomenal gift for identifying the problems in a story and, more importantly, suggesting ways to fix them. I can’t imagine trying to write a book without her!”
    Pamela Palmer
    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Feral Warriors series from Avon.

    “Laurin Wittig’s talent for finding the essence of a scene and pointing it in a logical and more focused direction is unmatched. Laurin’s guidance is kind and to the point. More importantly she MOTIVATES!”
    Elizabeth Holcombe
    Author of Heaven and the Heather from Berkley/Jove

    “Laurin Wittig is the sharpest story surgeon you could ever desire. She peels away the unnecessary layers to find the strong bones of your plot and character. Laurin has discerned things about my characters that I was still waiting to discover, and I find her insights stunning.”
    Anne Shaw Moran
    The Marlene Award Finalist

    “Laurin Wittig is a genius. Her insightful comments and suggestions helped me change a good manuscript into a great manuscript. I plan to use her critique service for all my future novels. She's the writing/critique partner that we all secretly hope to find -- someone who will help your book become the best it can be, without any power struggles, jealousy or secret agendas.”
    Beverly Giroux
    Golden Heart Contest Finalist

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Happy New Year!

Every year, about this time, my two critique partners and I set goals for the year.  There’s a little of that lose-10-pounds sort of thing, but mostly we focus on writing goals, both the creative side and the business side.  We start by assessing how we did on the previous year’s goals, then set new ones.  I find I almost never look back at those goals as the year goes along (not after January, anyway) but I always accomplish better than 75% of them.  Just writing them down and sharing them with trusted friends seems to set them in my subconscious and keep me (mostly) on track.  I think it sets them in my friends’ minds, too, so they help steer me back on track when I wander off chasing pretty butterflies.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m big on goals as a craft tool for writing, but setting personal goals FOR your writing is also a useful tool.  I got friended on Facebook by The Happy Writer today and discovered a wonderful new blog that I intend to follow closely this year.  Shannon McKelden has written a good post at The Happy Writer on the topic of setting goals, so instead of me repeating myself go here and enjoy!


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