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 July Writing Challenge
{Violet Ollivander}
Posted: Jul 1 2013, 08:17 AM


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JULY WRITING CHALLENGE



July's writing challenge is in honor of the one and only English novelist Miss Jane Austen, born December 16, 1775 and died July 18, 1817. Miss Austen is widely known for her romantic fiction novels set particularly upon the landed gentry - land owners who could live entirely off of rental income. Jane came from such a background herself.

She had a close knit and very supportive family, which made her becoming a professional author possible. Surprisingly, very little is known about Jane Austen's life. After her death, letters exchanged with family members were burned or censored. We do know that she had six brothers and one sister.

"According to Park Honan, a biographer of Austen, life in the Austen home was lived in "an open, amused, easy intellectual atmosphere" where the ideas of those with whom the Austens might disagree politically or socially were considered and discussed." - Wikipedia on Jane Austen

Austen's writing style is famous for "her realism, biting irony and social commentary" (wikipedia) as well as critique of the novel of sensibility.

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Jane Austen's Writing Style
By: Aysha Schurman

Jane Austen writing tends to be witty and romantic. Though her name never appeared on her published books during her life, Austin's works rose to fame after her death in 1817. In fact, her popular books, such as Pride and Prejudice, have never gone out of print. She is now considered one of England's most famous novelists.

Writing Style
Austen's writing style is a mix of neoclassicism and romanticism. Neoclassicism encourages reason and restraint in writing. It is logical and follows a structured form. Romanticism encourages passion and imagination in writing. It is emotional and follows a flowing form. Mixing these two styles may seem impossible, but layering neoclassicism and romanticism together was one of Austen's strong talents.

Austen used her sharp and sarcastic wit in all of her writing. She could come up with a powerful and dramatic scene on one page and lead it into a biting and satirical scene on the next page. Her high intelligence and impressive education allowed her to slip deep and meaningful insights into her words, regardless if the topic was romance or politics.

Scenery
Austen never focused on scenery or stage setting in her novels. She laid out the basics and allowed the resulting dialogue to explain the details in a natural manner. This technique was rather rare for Austen's time. Most of her contemporary authors could include chapters of text just to describe a stone bridge. The lack of indulgent details displays the basic neoclassic style Austen preferred to follow when it came to descriptive passages.

Characters
Austen may have used neoclassicism as her primary writing style, but she added a romantic touch when it came to her characters. Austen's dialogue can range from sharp and witty to poetic and emotional. Her characters' words and actions build up slowly to create a vivid picture of each person. She focuses heavily on the art of conversation and allows it to display the growth and development of the main characters.
Her most famous works are the following:

Northanger Abbey
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Emma
Persuasion


All of the works listed above can be read for free online here.

You're encouraged to recreate one of her stories with your own characters and twists and/or use her writing style as inspiration for your July challenge thread.

For more information on Jane Austen and her writing, see below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen
http://www.janeausten.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styles_and_th..._of_Jane_Austen
http://claudiafox.hubpages.com/hub/How-wri...y-and-authority
http://www.writelikeausten.com/


Challenge Rules

  • Any kind of thread is accepted (including read-only.)
  • There is no minimum or maximum amount of posts per thread required.
  • All participants in the thread need to be participating in the challenge.
  • You must state OOC at the beginning of your thread/post how you are going to use Jane Austen as inspiration.
  • The thread must be completed within the month of July in order to receive the stamp.
  • Everyone who participates and meets the deadline requirements will receive the stamp.
  • Post here with the thread/post URLs in order to receive credit for completing the challenge.



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Elsie Beauregard
Posted: Jul 24 2013, 08:33 PM


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totally a stab in the dark feel free to tell me it's totally wrong XD


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Posted: Jul 24 2013, 10:01 PM


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Posted: Jul 26 2013, 11:09 AM


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http://z7.invisionfree.com/Uncanny_Incanta...&#entry22215393

MIRI IS BETTER AT EXPLAINING THIS THAN I AM BUT
actually I'll just quote the plot page for it

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Okay, so for those of you who have ever read Jane Austen's Emma, this plot is going to basically be centered around the idea of matchmaking. My lovely character Adamina Flamel (a character who is based off the character Emma Woodhouse when I had first created her back in 2011) is going to be Emma, and considering that she is not looking for a good marriage match for herself at the moment, she will help others find their match.


.....and then August and Nova took forever to realize it. HURRAH.


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Posted: Jul 26 2013, 11:16 AM


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Posted: Jul 26 2013, 04:17 PM


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