Resources to Help You Write Your Novel

Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Last week, you decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Congratulations! This week we are looking at resources that you can use to help you plot out your novel, develop your characters, and more! Make sure to hit "Read More" for all the resources as well as this week's assigment. 

Library Books

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing: Looking for a quick, humorous, light read on writing? Would an illustrated book help? Pick up Elmore Leonard's book then to get you on the path of creating believable characters fast!

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters: How do you make your characters live and breathe? What are their realistic traits, ticks, and vices that bring them to life? Marc McCutcheon opens with an introduction to believable characters and then gives you the tools (mainly lists of traits) to help make your character a real person. 

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer prize winning author, taught a series of workshops about how he writes. He compiled his lectures into an intense how-to-book on the writing process. 

Library Magazines

The Writer's Magazine: Each month's issue of this publication has short, information-packed tips and strategies on everything related to writing. 

Writer's Digest: Discover how to work on the craft of writing and after you have finished your novel, how to think about marketing it. 

Books by the Fire

Wednesday, December 2nd at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is for bookaholics! Formerly known as Meet Us on Main Street, this program has a new location, at our First Floor Fireplace, and a new name. Be the first in the know about what's new and hot in books during this informal conversation. Share what you're reading and loving. All are welcome--no registration required!

Books by the Fire will meet every Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. until December 9.

Senior Moments: Wrap and Yap

Image courtesy of flickr user alicejt.
Image courtesy of flickr user alicejt.

Wednesday, December 2nd at 3 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Conference Room.

Unwrapped presents cluttering every square corner of your home? Take the stress out of wrapping gifts by doing it in the shared company of others! We'll provide the supplies, smooth music, and the snacks. All you need to bring is a pile of unwrapped presents and some friendly chatter.

Bloomberg Terminal Workshop

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 p.m.

The Bloomberg Terminal is the premier financial information source in the world today. Whether you're a job seeker looking for openings or an amateur investor tracking hot stocks, bonds, and/or commodities, the Bloomberg Terminal has something to offer. The Darien Library is one of the few public libraries in the country to have a Bloomberg Terminal for patron use. Wayne Pasternack, Bloomberg Terminal rep, will go over tips and tricks to get started using Bloomberg and will include new, recently released functions.

Interested in using the Bloomberg Terminal? All Library patrons may use the terminal, but advanced reservations are reserved for Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. If you would like to place a reservation, please contact our Knowledge and Learning Services staff at 669-5236 or at

Business Book Group: 'Strengths Finder 2.0'

Thursday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.


Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Tom Rath's Strengths Finder 2.0The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Strengths Finder 2.0

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book has spent more than five years on bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder has helped millions discover their top five talents. In Strengths Finder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment and much more. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself-- and the world around you--forever.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

Business Book Group is sponsored by the Darien Rowayton Bank.

Travel Tips for the Savvy Traveler

Image courtesy of flickr user tukanuk.
Image courtesy of flickr user tukanuk.

Thursday, December 3rd at 7 p.m.

Does winter have you dreaming of summer travel? Learn personal and professional travel tips to make your next adventure a wonderful experience. Presented by AAA Stamford Branch Manager, Michael Ferrari, and Travel Consultant Deborah Tual, both of whom have traveled extensively throughout the world. Topics include the when, where, why and how for domestic and international travel. Learn about currency, safety, driving, passports and visas and more.

Friday Night Feature - 'The End of The Tour'

Friday, December 4th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The End of The Tour (2014) Starring Anna Chlumsky, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Joan Cusack; Rated R; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

The End of The Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.  As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Holiday Book Sale

What presents will you discover?
What presents will you discover?

Saturday, December 5th through Wednesday, December 9th

Snuggle up at home with a great selection of old and new fiction, detective mystery, non-fiction and large type books. Watching or listening more your style? We will have a large selection of DVDs and audiobooks for sale as well. New items will be added each and every day, so check back for treasures!

Holiday Concert with the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones

Image courtesy of The Veritones.
Image courtesy of The Veritones.

Sunday, December 6th at 5 p.m.

Join us in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room as we enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from The Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones.

About The Veritones

Founded in 1985 by a small group of passionate undergraduates including Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones are one of Harvard College’s contemporary, co-ed a cappella groups. They are known for the originality of their student-composed arrangements, their poise and stage presence, and the traditions that bring their tight-knit group together. 

A passion for complex harmony and musical excellence has afforded once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities, including booking celebrity engagement parties, performing for Laverne Cox, Jason Alexander, Henry Cavill, and hosting and singing on Harvard Campus with Josh Groban and Bobby McFerrin. Additionally, the Veritones have recently been featured on BuzzFeed’s Top 15 Contemporary A Cappella Performances

One ticket per person, tickets will be distributed at 4 p.m. 

Refreshments will be served. Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Optimizing Your Mobile Devices and PC

Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos
Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, December 8th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.


As the lines between technology and lifestyle blur, the choices become limitless and overwhelming. What works for you? Does your business require a computer at a desk? Are you chauffeuring kids, running errands and need to answer emails throughout the day? This "mid-level" workshop broadly explores

• Syncing— What hardware and software allows for the greatest simplicity, flexibility, and functionality for your business?
• Email — How can "really important" emails be safeguarded and always available? * Mobile computing — Can a tablet or smartphone replace a laptop?
• Avoiding downtime — Is paid antivirus software "worth it"?
• Software — How much is too much and what are some of the productivity choices?

About the presenter

Bud Freund teaches technology and provides tech support to small businesses and families looking for reasonable, cost-effective technology solutions. Mr. Freund also provides training to individuals, groups and corporations including GE, UBS and the YMCA. His curriculum covers a broad range of hardware and software skills including safe internet practices, mobility, digital imaging and Excel. His skill set also enables him to give back to the community as a SCORE volunteer specializing in IT.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.