It’s Day Fourteen, and Time for Some Words from Jane Austen!

Posted Jan 23 2011, 3:21 am

And now for a few Jane Austen quotes that might give you a little romance-writing boost for the day:

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

“All the privilege I claim for my own sex . . . is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone.”

“Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then.”

“She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older.”

“There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.”

And for those of you sick of the snow, remember the alternative:

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”

Have a great day of writing–and many thanks again to Kim Law for providing writing sprints this weekend!!



22 responses to “It’s Day Fourteen, and Time for Some Words from Jane Austen!”

  1. CarolRose says:

    Forgot to check in yesterday, but made my goal for Saturday and for today already. Couldn’t sleep so I got up and wrote! 🙂

    • Kim Law says:

      I was up at 3:30, Carol, trying to get the outline of my ending down so it would leave me alone and let me sleep!

      Yay to you for doing so good in the WWF! You’re so focused and determined. I love it!

  2. A continual state of inelegance. I guess sweat and thermal underwear fall into that category too! 😛

  3. Nancy H. says:

    Two points again today because I’ve written over 1,000 words and may write more. May need the extras later in the week, when things get hectic.

  4. Katrina says:

    This weekend I didn’t work on my ms but I wrote a blog post (about my husband taking me away for a romantic birthday weekend!) and wrote more during last week so I could chill out with the big guy. Had a wonderful weekend talking to him about my hopes for my writing career and finding out how proud he is of me for having written a couple of manuscripts. *blush* It was a very nice weekend.

  5. Emily says:

    This as been a great weekend. I did a sprint last night and wrote 272 words on a new idea for a Erotic novella. Then today after after church while waiting for my mom I wrote 443 on another Erotic ms I’m working on. Oh and the church didn’t fall down, if anyone was wondering.

  6. Kelli Scott says:

    I got lots done this weekend, my most productive writing time. I fully expect to fall behind again during the week.

  7. michal scott says:

    Haing worn shoes and stockings instead of boots and socks (as I should have) I say give me inelegance any day. But despite NYC’s bitter cild, I made my goal.

  8. Kristina Mathews says:

    I’m giving myself 2 points so far for this weekend. I did a little revision on MS #1 but then decided to print it so I can read the whole thing before making too many changes. I was a little discouraged when after changing the ink cartridge I found a whole stack of blank pages. Writers egos are fragile enough without the printer commenting on the value of you work.

    I went to my chapter meeting on Saturday- hugely valuable even if it didn’t do anythign to my word count.

    Today I have done my 1,000 words on MS# 2 (woke up with it on the brain again- that Cody doesn’t take no for an answer.) Going to marinate some steaks and try to add another 1,000 if I can.

  9. Liz Talley says:

    Took a break this weekend. Really needed it…so I could think on my story and plot. My idea I’m focusing on is honesty. I think I need it earlier in the story, so I think I can give myself a little brownie point for figuring stuff out. Sometimes I think writers forget to chew the cud of their plot. Pretty important. Let’s hope it makes for smooth writing this week.

    • Kim Law says:

      Good luck this week, Liz! I know what you mean, too. Sometimes you have to take a step back. And the big thing is knowing when you need to, and when you’re just procrastinating! I’ve done both 😀

  10. Kim Law says:

    VERY good writing day for me. Good weekend, actually. Had some brainstorming help in the sprint room one night, let the characters go on an tangent and lead me exactly where I didn’t know they needed to be, and today I ripped out the old ending (16K words), and added in 6K shiny, new ones!

  11. Teresa Hearl says:

    I had a rough week. Too much travelling, too many people, very little computer time. But as Liz, said, it takes time to chew on your plot. While I sat in waiting rooms I jotted scene ideas, so progress was made. I travel again this week, but this time I’m running away to write. With these notes, I expect to make up my points within the week. If I can get to a coffee shop with Internet, I’ll post them. I will really miss the writing sprints. They are helping me shut down the internal editor.

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