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    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.

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Library Way #5

This is the last of my pictures of the brass plates on the sidewalk of Library Way, NYC:

Because when I read,
I don’t really read
I pop a beautiful
Sentence into
my mouth and
suck it like a
fruit drop,
or I sip it
like a
coursing on
through the viens to
the root of each blood vessel.

Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude

I hope you’ve enjoyed a stroll down Library Way with me!

Happy Writing!



Library Way #4

From NYC:

…a great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it.

William Styron, Writers at Work

Happy Writing!


Library Way #3

Another plate from NYC:

Those of you, lost and yearning to be free,
who hear these words, take heart from me.
I once was in as many drafts as you.
But briefly, essentially, here I am….
Who touches this poem touches a woman.

Julia Alverez

Happy Writing!


Library Way #2

Another plate from NYC’s Library Way:

This one is a little hard to read.  It says: 

Writing your name can lead to writing sentences. And the next thing you’ll be doing is writing paragraphs, and then books. And then you’ll be in as much trouble as I am!

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

Happy Writing!


Library Way #1

When we go to NYC, as my husband and I did a couple of weeks ago (yes, we were there for the car bomb scare and only a half a block away at the theater), we stay near Bryant Park, perhaps my very favorite place in NY.  On the other side of the library from the park is a street called Library Way and imbedded into the sidewalk are brass plates with quotes from thoughtful (and famous) writers.  I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but I’ll be posting a series over the next weeks of the plates I did snap a photo of.

So without further ado:

E.B. White (to Thurber)

 I thought this was hysterical, though my husband didn’t. 


It’s time for NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo2009I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the third time this year.  We kicked it off here in Williamsburg with a write-in at a local B&N cafe.  Eight of us were there and lots of writing was accomplished!

I meet regularly to write with a friend I met two years ago at my very first NaNo write in.  We both find the structure of making an appointment to meet and write keeps the procrastination demons at bay.  This is probably the single most important thing that has come out of NaNoWriMo for me.

I’ve yet to “win”.  50K words in the month of November is truly a challenge, not just because it requires a committment to write regularly, but because there is so much else that happens this month (including, this year, my son waking up with the flu this morning).  The past two years I’ve done well — 35K+ — but I didn’t really commit to the 50K.  This year, though, I’m committed, and my friends are helping me keep my eye on the prize.

What prize?  A completed first draft.

I hate first drafts.  I love revising.  So getting through a first draft is the hardest part of the entire process of creating a book for me.  This way I get to sprint through the hard part with lots of people all over the words pushing me to keep up my word count, pushing me to keep my fingers moving, pushing me to create without editing, without questioning.  It’s all about getting those 50K words on the page.

The real prize is that I’ll give myself December to catch up with all the things that fall by the wayside this month while I put my writing front and center. Then, come January, I get to tackle my very favorite part of writing a novel.  I get to take the SFD (**itty First Draft) and craft it into a compelling story.  What a way to start the new year!

If you haven’t joined the madness of NaNoWriMo, it’s not too late.  Check out nanowrimo.org and sign up for free.  Then plant your butt in the nearest chair and get to work.  Your first draft could be finished by November 30th!  What are you waiting for!

NOTE: The NaNo site is REALLY slow this first week or so of the challenge, so be patient.  If you can’t get signed up right now, start writing.  In a few days you can make it “official” on the site.

Now go write!


Greetings from Downeast Maine

Vacation.  Ahhhh.  I’m refilling my creative well and resting up for a big push in August on both the critiquing front and the writing front.  Kayaking, card games, good food and good times with the extended family.   It’s the annual lobster-fest tonight for dinner.  Yum!

In the meantime, I’ll offer up a little literary inspiration from my childhood. 

Paul Bunyon in Bangor, Maine

Paul Bunyon in Bangor, Maine

This big fellow stands in downtown Bangor, Maine.  I’ve seen him many times over the years, but only from the highway passing by.  This year we took a very non-traditional trip into the big city to spend a morning playing the slots (I only lost $20) and Paul Bunyon stands right across the street so I finally got to see him up close.

I loved tall tales when I was a kid — probably influenced my love for genre fiction.

I hope your summer is relaxing and you are getting all the writing done you want to do!


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