A Jane Austen Reading Room
“Dear Emma” – Jane’s Heroine Goes To College
Sir Walter Scott’s Emma on Show
How Well Do You Know Emma?
What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
If you long to be a writer like Jane Austen, then the phrase ‘writer’s block’ is one to be feared. However, we came across a fantastic article this week with great tips on how to beat writer’s block should it hit you.
Tip One: Put on a blindfold
Try training your mind by dressing with a blindfold. Doing so will require you to use all of your other senses, actively engaging your imagination as you feel your way through the clothing, using tactile clues to decode your surroundings. After all, the best books don’t just focus on what characters can see, but also on sounds, smells, tastes, and emotions.
Tip Two: People watch
Look outside your window to see the people in the street. Look at how people dress and at their expressions. Try to imagine what has happened in their lives in the moments before you saw them or what might happen to them later that day.
Tip Three: Visit an art gallery
Head to your local art gallery (or search online for art collections). Look at the pieces and each time you hear yourself think “I don’t like that,” or “I like that one,” ask yourself why or why not. Art is an interpretation of the world each person sees, and as well as spurring new ideas, it can be insight into your own mind and that of the artist.
Tip Four: Try free writing
Free writing is where you pick a topic and let your imagination run wild. Try not to stop to think. Keep your pen moving. You can write to a prompt, or write as a character. The faster you go, the closer to your natural voice your free writing will get, and it’s sure to take you in unexpected directions.
(Also, why not try getting yourself an inspiring set of stationery to write with…? As it’s stationery week this week, this is the prime time to do it!)
This week we came across a wonderful new video on the TED-Ed website.
TED-Ed are original lessons published on the TED website, only instead of an on-stage talk given by a speaker, the Ted-Ed videos feature the words and ideas of educators, that are then brought to life by professional animators.
This video below is given by Iseult Gillespie, who explores the sly societal satire and unique tongue-in-cheek humor of Jane Austen. At the Jane Austen News we thought the video utter charming.