Writing Regency style

I recently, and unexpectedly turned my hand to writing in the Regency genre. It was to be a short story for a friend, for a special occasion. However as these things do, it evolved and grew…currently on it’s way to becoming a Novella…

This is how it begins…

(Emma, is of course from Jane Austen’s book ‘Emma‘ as are other characters however a whole cast of new people are part of the larger story….)

Emma and Harriet on a happier occasion

Emma – this version

Whilst it was true that Emma Knightly had now lived almost twenty-three years with little to distress or vex her; we find her late on this Wednesday afternoon very vexed indeed. Had her beloved father been present he would have been concerned to see his youngest daughter frowning over her carpet stitching.

It was not just the task at hand, but also,that she felt she really must pursue the stitching as her friend Harriet Martin had decreed this work to be the most fashionable task for married ladies. Emma, of course, could not quite come-to-terms with the former Harriet Smith influencing the activities and style of the ladies of the local county….

These thoughts as much as the twisted threads were most vexatious to Emma. She sighed heavily.
Mr knightly opened the library door just in time to hear his wife mutter

‘Oh really Harriet’.

He therefor was surprised to find The latest Mrs Knightly completely alone. He was not happy to see the frown creasing her forehead.
‘Dearest Emma’ he stepped to her side and kissed her cheek. ‘What has Harriet done now?’
‘Oh it is nothing,  I suppose’ Emma happily cast the carpet stitching aside. ‘How was your day?’

Mr Knightly stood warming himself before the fire.
‘Most pleasing. Yes a successful day’ He noticed Emma looked less than interested. He had become aware that his bride was generally not interested in the running of the estates, both Donwell Abbey, and his father in law’s property Hartfield, where they all resided. However he knew what did interest her.

‘My dear I have news, and I know how you love news’
‘Oh yes’ Emma clapped her hands in delight. News is my most favorite thing. After you of course’. She peeped through her lashes and marveled again that her Mr Knightly had truly become hers.

Emma and her Mr Knightly.

Day 15. Serve

Jeff Goins suggests that Service to the reader is the final step in this challenge.

He writes ‘You need to reach out, be a resource, offer to use your words to help someone in need.’

I believe I am doing that….

He then suggests service to to and between writers:

The challenge

Are you ready to be generous and start serving your audience? Here are a few ideas to get you started (pick at least one):

  1. Do a giveaway of a product or service. Find authors or organizations wanting to partner with people like you, and ask them for donations. Do this to build trust with readers, and make sure whatever you give away adds value.
  2. Conduct a survey. Find out what readers (or perfect strangers) want, what they struggle with, and create something just for them. This can be a blog series or an eBook or a whatever. Just make sure there’s a need for it before you make it.
  3. Write something important and give it away. Publish an eBook to Amazon and distribute it through the KDP Select Program. Or offer a free PDF in exchange for people subscribing to your blog.
  4. Answer all correspondence. Respond to every single email, phone call, tweet, etc. Do this until you can’t possibly keep up anymore.

I am in thinking mode now as I consider how to proceed with this excellent idea.

Thanks for the challenge Jeff, and the inspiration. And thanks to my new readers and social media followers for finding me….