Daily Archives for: March 13th, 2017

Sanditon: An unfinished novel by Jane Austen

Sanditon, though unfinished, is perhaps Jane Austen’s most exciting, unusual, and promising piece of literature. Unlike The Watsons, whose plot and ending can be relatively inferred, Sanditon is quite different from any of her other stories and could probably have followed a variety of paths, so predicting its resolution is difficult to do.

The story’s heroine, Charlotte Heywood, is a somewhat-exaggeratedly sensible young woman. She comes to the small coastal tourist town of Sanditon upon the urgings and guardianship of its proprietor, who is attempting to build the town’s reputation. Read More→

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How does keeping a journal help a writer’s practice?

Dear Literary Ladies,
Do you think it’s a good practice to keep a journal? What did you use your journal for, and how did it benefit your writing practice?

One of the most helpful tools a writer has is [her] journals. Whenever someone asks how to become an author, I suggest keeping a journal. A journal is not a diary, where you record the weather and the engagements of the day. A journal is a notebook in which one can, hopefully, be ontological. Read More→

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The Writing Habits of Jane Austen

Reprinted by permission from The Writing Desk; contributed by Tony Riches: Most of Jane Austen’s best known writing was done at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, where she revised Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey. It was there that she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion.

What is known of the writing habits of Jane Austen, the beloved author, is simple and fascinating. Read More→

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