Libraries of the World: United Kingdom

Libraries of the United Kingdom

Libraries of the United Kingdom

Some of the most inspiring and beautiful libraries in the world are in the United Kingdom. Home to Oxford, Europe’s largest library in Birmingham and 1000 year old Medieval libraries, these will inspire you to research and write something!

Without further ado, enjoy these pictures of some of the most beautiful libraries in the UK.

Bristol Central Library, England

bristol central library

Inside the Bristol Central Library

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Facade of the Bristol Central Library

Codrington Library at Oxford University, England

Codrington Library at Oxford University

Codrington Library at Oxford University

Facade of Codrington Library at Oxford University

Facade of Codrington Library at Oxford University

Wellcome Library, London, England

Wellcome Library, London, England

Wellcome Library, London, England

Glascow School of Art Library, Scotland

Glascow School of Art Library, Scotland

Glascow School of Art Library, Scotland

The Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s Library, Wales

Theology Room at St. Deiniol's Library, Wales

Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s Library, Wales

Theology Room at St. Deiniol's Library, Wales

Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s Library, Wales

Duke of Humphrey’s Library at Oxford University in England

Duke of Humphrey’s Library at Oxford University in England

Duke of Humphrey’s Library at Oxford University in England

John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Facade of John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Facade of John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Interior of John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Interior of John Rylands Library in Manchester, England

Old British Reading Room in the British Museum, London, England

Old British Reading Room in the British Museum, London, England

    Old British Reading Room in the British Museum, London, England

Signet Library in Edinburgh, Scotland 

Signet Library in Edinburgh, Scotland

Signet Library in Edinburgh, Scotland

Signet Library in Edinburgh, Scotland

Signet Library in Edinburgh, Scotland

The Hereford Cathedral Chained Library

The Hereford Cathedral Chained Library

The Hereford Cathedral Chained Library

Birmingham Library, England

Birmingham Library, England

Birmingham Library, England

Birmingham Library, England

Birmingham Library, England

What’s your favorite library? Do you know of one in the UK that didn’t make the list? If so, leave it in the comments below!
Happy Research and Writing,

Ellie

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Days 7-13: Camp NaNoWriMo & Staying Creative and Productive

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks. - Yo-Yo Ma

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.
– Yo-Yo Ma

Day 13 of NaNoWriMo!
I’m swimming in it over here. Not quite where I’d like to be, but still moving forward. I know I need to revisit my outline since I’ve wandered into some gray territory, but getting “lost” has done wonders for my creativity and story. Usually when I hit stumbling blocks, I want to run as fast as I can back to my outline and check plot points, etc. But committing to this 50,000 word count for Camp NaNoWriMo has forced me to forget about that and just keep writing. This is a good thing, I think?

On Creativity…
One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is the fine balance of staying creative, staying in the flow. In other words, when the words on the page make me want to quit for the day and pick it back up tomorrow, what helps me to push through and stay committed? I toy with this a lot, but for me, I’ve found that sticking to a certain amount of structure and changing things up seem to be a perfect recipe.

Structure
My mom always told me I was at my best when I stuck to a schedule and I couldn’t agree more. I can kill a day doing everything nothing like no one else. Seeing as I can start making a “quick” playlist for a character, then look up 5 hours later to find I’m still looking for one more perfect song, having some sort of structure to my day not only helps me accomplish more, it invigorates me.  And it’s the only way I can consistently get things done.

Some of the structure I’m talking about here is related to actual time, and the other part is related to accomplishments. I’ll explain…

Creating Structure with Time

Part of my day follows time, or a schedule. Every morning I wake up and spend 20 minutes in silence. This could be meditation for some, prayer for others or contemplating on a character or scene that you’re planning to write that day. It’s my time to get centered, acknowledge what I’m grateful for and dream my day so to speak. Next, I make my coffee for the morning. After that, I bring up Scrivener and open my current writing project. I put on my accompanying playlist and write for 90-120 minutes. After I take a short break for breakfast, then go for another 90+ minutes if I’m planning to have a heavy writing day. On a day calendar it would look like this: More

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Day 3-6: NaNoWriMo & Researching Your Story

“TWENTY bridges from Tower to Kew - Wanted to know what the River knew, Twenty Bridges or twenty-two, For they were young, and the Thames was old And this is the tale that River told:” ― Rudyard Kipling

“TWENTY bridges from Tower to Kew –
Wanted to know what the River knew,
Twenty Bridges or twenty-two,
For they were young, and the Thames was old
And this is the tale that River told:”
― Rudyard Kipling

Today is day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo and because I was out of town for a few days, I’m a little behind on the updates and my writing. Not much, just a little. The most exciting part of my trip this weekend was that finally, after 3 years, I got to visit the library in London that houses all of the original docs and files that my story is based on. It felt like the gift of a lifetime and came at a time when I needed a boost of inspiration. I got it. And then some. Came home and been writing since. If I log 1000 more words today, I’ll be back on track!

My trip to the library got me thinking about all the research tools we have at our fingertips. There were some specific documents I saw this past weekend that were not available to me online, but aside from that, most of what I’ve needed to research my story, I’ve been able to access rather easily. All it takes is a little creativity and persistence. Since I’ve been researching for a story set in the 1800s off and on for a few years now, I thought I’d break down some of the sources I’ve used to squeeze out the most I can from this time period.

To Research, or Not To Research: That is the Question More