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    A Character in Possession of a Good Motto

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a character in possession of a good motto, must be in want of Conflict.

    Pop over to the Wet Noodle Posse blog today. Superromance author Susan Gable is discussing how writing a character’s motto can help in creating conflict. I thought it would be fun to write the mottos of some of Jane Austen’s characters:

    From Sense and Sensibility:
    Elinor: Do what must be done and keep your emotions to yourself.
    Edward: A man must honor his promises.
    Marianne: We are nothing without feelings.
    Willoughby: We are nothing without fortune.

    From Emma:

    Emma: The course of true love needs my help
    Mr. Knightly: People must be understood for who they are.
    Harriet: My course of true love needs Emma’s help
    Frank Churchill: Be charming and witty on the outside, manipulative and selfish on the inside.
    Jane Fairfax: I can be manipulated.

    Pride & Prejudice:
    Lizzie: My good opinion is formed quickly.
    Darcy: My good opinion is rarely given
    Jane: My good opinion is given to everybody
    Bingley: My good opinion is given to everybody unless Darcy says differently

    Do you like this idea of character mottos? It is one I think I can do!
    Try it on your characters…or on Jane Austen’s.

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    Also pay a visit to the Romance Vagabonds. They are having an entire week focusing on Harlequin Historicals with lots of authors participating, lots of prizes, and a blog by editor Joanne Carr on Friday.

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