Writing time can be sacred, and it’s not always easy to enjoy uninterrupted time. When I’m in need of dedicated writing time, I head to the nearest library. Here’s five reasons why you should too.
1. Surrounded by published novels
There’s nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by published works. Imagining your own book sat on the shelves is great motivation, and will encourage you to keep going and finish your work.
2. Access to books for reference/research
Okay, so we all know the internet is the quickest way to research. But it can also be a huge distractions and lead you away from your writing. In the library you’ll have access to plenty of books, and you may even find it more enjoyable to get your answers this way. (And if you really need it, most libraries offer free WiFi!)
3. Books for writers
You may find a section dedicated to books for writers. This could include useful guides and tips of different aspects of writing. Libraries are also likely to have copies of the Writers and Artists Yearbook, which can help you find agents and publishers looking for stories in your genre/style.
4. It’s quiet
Writing in public can be great fun, but it can also be distracting. Libraries are quiet places, where people are encouraged to speak in hushed tones and be respectful of others.
5. There’s no distractions
I’ve spoken before about going out to write, and one of the reasons I recommend it is the lack of distraction. At home it’s so easy to convince yourself you should be doing chores, or tidying up, or cleaning the car. In a library, there’s nothing to do but read and write, and so it’s a really positive place to be.
Do you ever write in the library? Is it something you might do going forward? Pop a comment below.