Sunday, June 20, 2010

New project

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.



Babydoll said...

Good luck! Writing is the fun part! lol I just started a new story myself, as well as revising the ones I finished this last year. Keep us all updated on your progress!

Tyffani a.k.a Babydoll a.k.a. Movie Star Eyes (lol)

Nina said...

Sounds like a great plan! I don't think it's conceited at all to say you write like Austen - I think I have a Dickensian vibe about me, myself. ;D

Hey, I'm going to attempt NaNoWriMo this year, God willing - why don't you try writing yours then? That would still give you nearly five months to plan your story, and we could talk each other out of rough spots!

Marian said...

I hope it goes well--it definitely sounds like a book I would read!