Monthly Archives: April 2016

Random Bits

Lately I seem to be writing more random bits than anything else. A scene will come to me and I will write it down, but it has nothing to do with anything else I am working on. These pieces are also short. They are usually not whole stories, but there is nothing else to go with them. They feel like they are pieces from a longer story, but where the rest of the story is I don’t know.

One I am calling a short story, but it too feels like it is a longer piece. I wasn’t sure where it was going when I started. I thought it might be a short story and thus I started. It turned out to be two scenes. The beginning scene and the end scene, but whatever was supposed to be in the middle isn’t there. The main character was drunk and has no memory of that period and the other characters aren’t willing to talk to me. Leaving little choice, but declare it a short story and finished. At least for now.

Maybe someday I will put all the short bits into a book together. I don’t know if I will put them together as they are or try to find a story to connect them. For now they are just random bits of story sitting around waiting.

 

Your Local library

Your local library is a great resource for writers. Libraries have lots in offer. Starting with access to lots of books and if you want to be a writer you have to be a reader. They also have books on writing to help hone your craft. Libraries also will bring in speakers to give talks to people who are interested. There could be someone who knows about the publishing industry or it could be an author. Most authors are willing to talk about their writing even if the event is supposed to be a signing.

Libraries are a great place to sit and write. They are a quiet place with the main distraction being the shelves of books surrounding the tables. And if you want to read an author’s books before you purchase the book, ask the library to get it for you. This improves their collection because if you enjoy the book someone else visiting the library likely will as well.

Many libraries are willing to provide space for writers’ groups to meet. This is part of supporting the community. And libraries are big supports of communities because that is what they are there for and the communities are also where they get their support. So, show your local library some affection.