Book Beat: The Write Stuff

Submitted by B. Townsend on Mon, 01/10/2022 - 08:00

New year, new resolutions! Is “Write!” on your list? Whether you want to create a family cookbook, share your life story, or write a bestseller, 2022 could be the year you get it done—with a little help from the library.

If you have recipes to share, “Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More” by Dianne Jacob will help you start a food blog, self-publish a cookbook, or write a food column. You’ll find information, inspiration, and writing exercises.

If you’d like to share your life story, you’ll find out how in these guides:

If you have a novel inside of you—or a bunch of unfinished ones stashed somewhere—here’s help:

How long does it take to write a novel? It varies! Many authors publish one book a year. “This Year You Write Your Novel” by Walter Mosley will show you how. In this brief guide, you’ll learn about writing disciplines, fiction basics, rewriting and editing, and more. But if you don’t have a year, maybe you have six months… or 90 days… or even 30 days!

Happy New Year, and happy writing!

Library Tip of the Month: You can find many more books with advice on every aspect and genre of writing (plot, poetry, grammar, nonfiction—you name it!) in the FVRL catalog.


A version of this column first appeared in The Messenger, January 2022.

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The Jane Austen Writers' Club book cover