The 3 R’s According to Jane Austen – Reading, Writing and Romance

“You rejoice me by what you say of Fanny – I am gratified at her having pleasure in what I write – but I wish the knowledge of my being exposed to her discerning criticism may not hurt my style by inducing too great a solicitude. I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration or a metaphor in every corner of the room”  JA 1809

Where did Jane Austen find the inspiration for her novels? The locations, the characters, the plots? What advice could she give to up and coming novelists? Using sections from “Pride & Prejudice”, “Emma” and “Persuasion” and of course her letters, let’s learn something about Jane’s view of Reading, Writing and Romance!