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A spirited and useful guide for writers with tips and tricks from Jane Austen, whose novels stand the test of time, by her great great great great grand niece.
Pretty much anything anyone needs to know about writing can be learned from Jane Austen. While creative writing manuals tend to use examples from twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers, The Jane Austen Writers' Club is the first to look at the methods and devices used by the world’s most beloved novelist. Austen was a creator of immortal characters and a pioneer in her use of language and point of view; her advice continues to be relevant two centuries after her death.
Here Rebecca Smith examines the major aspects of writing fictionplotting, characterization, openings and endings, dialogue, settings, and writing methodssharing the advice Austen gave in letters to her aspiring novelist nieces and nephew, and providing many and varied exercises for writers to try, using examples from Austen’s work.
*Show your character doing the thing he or she most loves doing. In the opening scene of Persuasion, Sir Walter Elliot looks himself up in the Baronetage, which is the Regency equivalent of Googling oneself. That single scene gives us a clear understanding of the kind of man he is and sets up the plot.
* Use Jane Austen’s first attempts at stories to get yourself started. Write a very short story inspired by "The Beautifull Cassandra," a work of eighteenth-century flash fiction.
The Jane Austen Writers' Club is a fresh primer on writing that features utterly timeless advice.
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About the Author
Rebecca Smith is the author of Jane Austen's Guide to Modern Life's Dilemmas and three novels for adults published in the UK. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southampton. Smith was the Writer in Residence at Jane Austen's House Museum from 2009 to 2010 and still works closely with the Museum, running writing workshops and judging their competition for young writers. She lives in Southampton, England.
Table of Contents
A Note from the Author ix
Plan of a Novel 1
Planning, plotting and getting started
'Intricate Characters are the most Amusing' 47
Creating and developing your characters
Building the Village of Your Story 101
Creating and utilizing your setting
A Fine Pair of Eyes 133
Point of view
Light, Bright and Sparkling 147
Secrets and Suspense 183
Jane Austen's recipe and method for a suspenseful novel
In Jane Austen's Pocket 197
Techniques and devices of the great author
'And What is Fifty Miles of Good Road?' 219
Making use of journeys (and staying at home) in your work
'You Know How Interesting the Purchase of a Sponge-Cake Is to Me' 235
Using food and meals in your writing
Joints of Mutton and Doses of Rhubarb 253
About the writing life, not food
Jane Austen's Life: A Timeline 317
Bibliography and sources 325