"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf
Monday, June 7, 2010
Upon Craving Chick Lit
Lacking any chick lit to read yesterday, I picked up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the chick lit author of the 18th century.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
"However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters."
How can you not love this?
A few interesting facts about Jane Austen:
She started writing in her teen years.
Her first novel was Northanger Abbey, although it wasn't published until after her death. Reading it, you can see her development as a writer.
Her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility, was self-published in 1811.
She published it and Pride and Prejudice anonymously.
Her stories were based loosely on her own and her family experience.
She had one proposal of marriage, which she accepted then retracted the following day.
She died at age 42.
Her popularity is greater today than ever before.
My own observations:
Austen writes with POV all over the place. Within chapters, even paragraphs, the point of view will change suddenly.
Sometimes it's necessary to reread a section because you really don't know what the heck anyone just said there.
These people are obsessed with money. Everyone talks about how much everyone else has to live on.
It doesn't matter what rules of writing she follows-- it all comes together so well, who cares? You just want more. Give me more Jane Austen. Oh, dear Jane, why did you have to die so young and leave us with only seven novels?