Research - when do you stop and start writing the book?
Miss Bennet & Mr Bingley, having received a wonderful new cover to mark the 200th anniversary, is now selling more copies than ever before – especially in America.
So, back to the problem of when to stop the search and start writing. I bought this book and "Jane Austen -The World of Her Novels" by Deirdre Le Faye, to add to my already groaning shelves of Georgian and Regency research books. I also bought the DVD of "Pride & Prejudice Having a Ball", and have read through both the books and watched the DVD.the
My head is now full of images of lavish regency suppers and gorgeous costumes. I feel I have topped up my knowledge of Jane Austen's world and should really be ready to start writing. However, I now have a book on Coaching, Ghost Stories , Seed time and Harvest, and The Jane Austen handbook down from my bookshelf and feel compelled to flick through these, just in case I've forgotten anything vital about the era since I wrote my last Regency story.
The fact that for the past year or so I've been re-writing and editing mostly Regency stories should mean everything I need to know is bubbling away inside my head, waiting to escape onto the page.
I have a horrible feeling my wish to continue reading into my subject it's more to do with procrastination than a desire to improve my historical knowledge.
Any suggestions as to how I can actually start writing my book would be gratefully received.
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I have just published another Regency story, A Mistress for Stansted Hall, on Amazon – this is my 11th – and yet again Jane Dixon-Smith has provided me with a beautiful cover.
Fenella J Miller.