Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On writing novels

Elizabeth's spirits soon rising to playfulness again, she wanted Mr. Darcy to account for his having ever fallen in love with her. "How could you begin?" said she. I can comprehend your going on charmingly, when you had once made a beginning; but what could set you off in the first place?"

"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. IT is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun."

Once again Jane Austen has summarised for me the act of authorship.

Can anyone put it better?

That once can find themselves in the middle before they have realised it has begun?