My Writing Ramblings: The Austen Challenge and Other Things…

rp_Laura-Book-300x2251-300x2251-300x225-300x225.jpgHappy Wednesday everyone!

I can’t quite believe that we are already into August. The time is slipping by me in a surreal manner this year. Today marks the third year we’ve been in our current house and yet it doesn’t feel like five minutes since we moved in.
Before we know it we are going to be pulling those clocks back (I know, I said it. Ssshh, I hear you cry.)

This week I’ve been mainly trying to sleep and failing. Being wide awake at 2am isn’t so bad when I’m on my days off but on workdays it means copious amounts of tea and numerous walks around the building just to keep myself awake. In the last few days I’ve managed to spill tea all over the carpet (and my bag didn’t escape unscathed either,) drop things, walk into the occasional wall and drop a can of coke on a concrete floor, which had it spraying out absolutely everywhere. Lack of sleep does not do anything for my coordination. Ha-ha.

The writing side of my week has shown some progress. Most of my characters have had biographies written about them now. It’s nice to have a sense of who my characters are. They are becoming much more real to me now. Now it’s time to work on the plot.

One thing I have set myself starting this month is my Austen reading challenge. When thinking about it, I’ve realized that I have Emma Jane Austennot read all of the Austen novels. I know!
So, the challenge is to read one a month for the next six months.
If you fancy reading along with me I am going to be reading them in this order…

I’m starting with Emma this month. In September I’m going to be reading Mansfield Park, in October it’s Northanger Abbey (very appropriate and gothic for Halloween.) Pride and Prejudice is the book for November, Sense and Sensibility is the one I will be trying to read in December and last but not least, it’s Persuasion in January (it’s the same order from The Jane Austen Book Club. Great film.)

What classics have you always wanted to read and not had a chance to?

Until next week writing people.

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

2 Responses to My Writing Ramblings: The Austen Challenge and Other Things…

  • JANE LAMBERT says:

    Hi Laura,
    I’d like to join you on the Austen Book Challenge! I have a copy of ‘The Complete Novels of Jane Austen’ and am reminded of the scene in the ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’ movie when Grigg shows up at the book club on his bicycle clutching the complete works. I keep thinking I should read them all and never get round to it. I too am an insomniac so instead of stuffing my face with chocolate and watching rubbish TV in the wee small hours I will reach for Jane Austen!

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