Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence is a biography of Jane Austen. The book offers an interesting look into Jane Austen's life and the elements in her background and family that shaped this remarkable woman and author. It also paints a realistic picture of life in Georgian and Regency England. Despite the manners and elegance or these eras, they were very harsh time periods, especially for widows and children without money. However, these difficulties gave rise to a great deal of strength and resilience.
The book is not only a lesson on Jane's life but an inspiration. The spirit and fortitude shown by the women in Jane Austen's family is remarkable. For example, orphaned Phila Austen, Jane Austen's aunt, was penniless with little more to look forward too than a career as a Milner in sketchy Covenant Garden. Instead of accepting fate, she made the brave decision to travel to India and create a new life for herself.
Stories like Phila’s remind us that we achieve success by rising to the challenges of life instead of avoiding them. This is an excellent lesson for writers since the writing and publishing process is full of challenges. Jane herself must have learned this lesson from both her own life and the lives of her remarkable female relatives. I’m glad she did. Where would we be if she had given up? Imagine a world without Mr. Darcy, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility.
I've face a number of obstacles in my own writing career. Instead of allowing them to stop me, I've worked to overcome them in order to achieve my dream of being a published author. It isn't always easy but, when the alternative is to stop doing what I love and to give up, I refuse to allow the setbacks to stop me. I also try and see each problem as a learning opportunity that will help me grow as a writer. So, when the going gets tough and you think of giving up, rise to the challenge. You never know what greatness awaits you.
If you like strong women who don't give up then check out my books. There area lot of strong women in my stories.