How many of you have on your bucket list publishing a prize winning book? Where do you begin? What are your next steps? How do you start a manuscript and see it through to the end that includes publication? What makes for good plot and character development? Or just a good story?
The library can help. One way to do this is to visit the experts. You can attend programs at Georgia Center for the Book. There is usually at least one program each week with many different authors and genres represented. There almost always is a question and answer session at the end of the author’s talk for those with writing questions.
The next option would be to attend a writer’s group program at one of our many branches. These groups can provide accountability and or work on skills that help progress your writing. There are groups that have met at our locations at Wesley Chapel- William C. Brown, Stonecrest, Clarkston, Dunwoody, among others. Some branches have speakers that come and focus on a certain skill in writing. We had a program at Clarkston about the psychological effects of characters within your writing. Dunwoody has had a gentleman who comes and helps you work on the tools of writing.
There are many books that are perfect to help you with your writing and are also available on audiobook. They may also be available in e-content as well. Your favorite authors get asked questions all the time about writing. Janet Evanovich is one of those authors who has written a book about her writing process and the publishing field. You can find, How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author at DCPL. I found it to be insightful. One of the most recommended is Stephen King On Writing, A Memoir of Craft. There are books available that focus on plot, character development, or how to read as a writer.
Please visit the catalog and see what can make writing your manuscript happen. Please also visit the events page on the DeKalb Library website. Maybe I will see you at a Georgia Center for the Book program!
While reading the latest issue of my favorite DCPL mag, Smithsonian, I learned that one can still visit Monkey Town, U.S.A. ( actually Dayton, Tennessee), where they celebrate annually one of the most controversial trials in our nation’s history.
“Pretty much every summer since 1988, this tiny Appalachian town (pop. 7,200) has roused itself to celebrate that publicity stunt gone viral. The Scopes Trial Festival, held over two weekends in July, features live bluegrass, tractor and craft shows, and a fried-Oreo food truck. A storyteller spins his tales like a barker at a sideshow. The centerpiece of the festival is a town-commissioned musical, Front Page News, which re-enacts the trial in the vast courtroom where it was held.
The play, performed by members of the nearby Cumberland County Playhouse, is essentially a rebuttal to Inherit the Wind ( both the DVD of the film starring Spencer Tracy and the book by the same name are available at DCPL). The Hollywood version of the trial is widely loathed in Dayton, and the Front Page News does hew much more closely to the court transcript.”
Both the book and the DVD are available at DCPL.