I have been thinking about a book I've been wanting to write. This is not the Sleeping Beauty story, I put that one on hold after I realized that I had no plot, only a jumbled, tangled up mess of a concept. I'll keep thinking about it, I just don't think I'm going to be able to write it this summer.
I've been thinking about another type of story that I want to try. I still have no plot, but at least the characters are coming together. I want to write a modern novel that is similar to a Jane Austen novel. Not that I will take a specific Jane Austen novel and set it in a modern world, but that I will attempt to write my own story using some of Austen's literary techniques. I'm hoping it will feel like something she wrote.
I probably picked it up from reading her novels, but I feel like I write in a similar style to Jane Austen. I don't mean that I write with the same level of skill, so don't think I'm being arrogant when I say that. I just mean that I tend to write with a strong narrator presence and lots of subtly sarcastic humour.
I think what I'm going to do first is read her books again. It's been a few months since I read one. This time, instead of only enjoying the story, I will try to analyze how she handles different things, then I will do a post about it.
The first thing I'm going to look for is the passage of time. All of her novels take place over about a year or two of time, but I honestly can't remember how she shows when things are happening.