Libraries Have All The Answers
If We Look
Tons of books live there. And I can look at all of them, free of charge. All I have to do is go.
I learned the trick of going to the library from one of those how-to-write-books books. I was reading about some part of writing and the author suggested I look at books I’d read to study how the author did something or another.
I looked at my Kindle. E-readers are great…but the one thing they can’t let me do is flip through the story like I can with hard-copy books. So I looked across the room at my bookshelf filled with tattered old second-hand paper-backs and thought they looked a little worn and dated. Then it occurred to me. Ooodles of new stuff set on library shelves. So, why not go there?
The first time I went to the library was when I studied book openings. I ten books at random from fiction shelves, then sat down and read all the first chapters, including prologues if they had any. I analyzed the openings and compared them to what I was trying to do.
Wow. Instead of being trapped by things I loved, I exposed myself to a lot of new stuff, with new techniques. And all for free.