Jane Austen romanticized the mundane. Her surroundings formal, she wrote what she knew best; courtship, society and rank. Her novels, fantasy in our time.
Her advice to writers is nothing new. Regardless, I thought I would share as a refresher course.
- Write everyday. Force yourself to pick up a pen, a piece of paper, and a cup of tea. (Coffee will do or perhaps libations! 🙃)
- Write what you know well. (Wear your heart on your sleeve. This may not always be appropriate. Should we not protect our heart’s privacy?)
- Revise and edit. Use words sparingly. (Chop, chop, chop. I do not always follow this advice. I am known to share spontaneously, posting, possibly revising later. I consider myself brave in this regard. Often my words appear in dreams. Finding myself frantically waking up, to write, so nothing is lost.)
- Invent your characters. (aka Incognito. Shelter everyone with God’s wings. We all deserve respect.)
- Punctuate? (Try that one on your English instructor.😂)
For further reading, Jane Austen
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid.–Austen
Wow, she holds nothing back in that quote!
To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn,
is but a state of half enjoyment.–Austen
Happy writing…J ❤️🎶🎶🎶