Although there is some question around the reason for Jane Austen’s death, what is known is that she died 200 years ago.
Jane Austen is often described as one of England’s best novelists. She wrote classics such as Sense and Sensibility (1811), and Pride and Prejudice (1813). Then Mansfield Park (1814), followed by Emma (1815). After her death her last two books – Persuasion (1817), and Northanger Abbey (1817) were published.
Although she was not always seen as a great novelist by some when she was alive, she never gave up. She continued to write until she sadly died aged just 41. It is really only since her death that her books have become so popular.
It has been announced that Jane Austen’s image will now adorn the new £10 note here in England from September this year. Until then, we have her quotes to inspire us –
‘There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort‘ – Jane Austen
Writers are sometimes introverts who enjoy a somewhat solitary existence, even for just a few hours a week. So staying at home, like Jane Austen said, can be a real comfort. What better place to be, if you want to write in comfort, than in your own home?
At home you can choose your own hours, decide if you want background music, and not get thrown out in the middle of your paragraph because the building is closing for the day. You can also choose to ignore anyone who knocks at your door.
Real comfort can bring forward your best writing. When you are comfortable and so relaxed, your writing can flow more easily. So why not try shutting yourself away at home, alone, for a few days to see if inspiration strikes? Prepare your meals beforehand and get set for a few days of writing bliss!
‘To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment’ – Jane Austen
As Jane Austen said, looking upon verdure (lush, green vegetation), is perfect to refresh us. Nature is a wonderful tonic for anyone, but especially for those of us who seem to have lost our writing inspiration.
Sometimes a change of scene is all that we need. Being in nature on a fine day makes us feel good. So both of these together could be perfect to get us writing.
Nature is also great for us on a day when the words are arriving well. It’s a win-win situation. So why not get outside and try it today?
‘Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like’ – Jane Austen
It seems that Jane Austen knew exactly how tiring it is to have to do something which either bores, or doesn’t excite you. Having to do something is very different from wanting to. It can be difficult trying to get yourself motivated when you just want to be doing something else, like writing.
If we don’t feel in the mood for writing it can feel like a lead weight. But, the good thing is that once we start writing then it is like a snowball effect. The more we write, the more we seem to be able to.
For some it might just be changing our writing routine a little so that we do the boring things before we write. For others writing needs to be completed first so that their brains stay properly awake enough for the words to flow.
Either way is fine. So do whatever works for you.
‘One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s’ – Jane Austen
We can all learn from great writers. I have studied authors such as J.K Rowling and Sir Winston Churchill to see how they write. I know that both talent and determination play a huge part in their success. I am sure that there is a lot we can learn from other writers. But, what I also know, is that we all write differently.
As Jane Austen said – One man’s style must not be the rule of another’s. So, even though we might want to write in the manner or style of another, we can really only truly do it your way.
So, it’s time to get brave, believe in your writing, and do it your way!