Have You Visited The Library Lately?


It’s April, and that means a new month of writing (and hopefully¬†finishing that novel)! What does this month have in store for us?

The big event for writers will be April 13-20th–National Library Week. Maybe you love the library, or maybe you haven’t been to one since you were a kid, but this will be the time to revisit it and hopefully get yourself inspired.

So, why the library? In this day and age, we as writers have the benefit of having the world at our fingertips. The internet gives us everything we could want in terms of research without our even having to leave the chair. Even favorite books are usually dirt cheap or even free online. Why bother taking the extra trip?

Well, the world of research has evolved, and the library has right along with it. Libraries have much more than just books. Many have research programs installed on their computers that could save you both time and money if you bothered to take a look. It’s easy to get books on any topic you want–the good stuff, too, not just scraps and clips from the Internet. If you don’t know where to start, people will be willing to help you, and the atmosphere can also provide a refreshing change of scene. If you don’t want to have to keep buying lattes at the coffee shop to write there, you can still get the quietness and focus at the library–with many more resources available than usual.

Plan a trip to celebrate National Library Week. You might be surprised at what you find, and you might get just the information and inspiration needed to put the perfect finishing touches on your novel.

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