I love Jane Austen's writing and have read and reread her novels for many years. With no word processor to enable quick and easy changes, her books were so well crafted in the early drafts that she could simply write in small changes and pin substantial changes made on separate slips right onto the page.
I intend to make this a personal journey, a diary of sorts, as I embark on the next stage of my writing. As my dear husband, Matt, describes it, I am faced with the choice of writing novels as a hobby or actually striving to become a professional novelist.
That will require a whole new level of commitment of time and energy, as I work to increase my skills as a writer and also learn to promote myself as a writer.
I had my mother teach me to read when I was four, and I've never stopped. Now I can play with words all day long... it's the best job in the world.