Jane Austen’s advice to writers

 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.

  1. Write everyday.  Force yourself to pick up a pen, a piece of paper, and a cup of tea.  (Coffee will do or perhaps libations! ๐Ÿ™ƒ)
  2. 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?)
  3. 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.)
  4. Invent your characters. (aka Incognito. Shelter everyone with God’s wings. We all deserve respect.)
  5. Punctuate?  (Try that one on your English instructor.๐Ÿ˜‚)

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 โค๏ธ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

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