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The Lady in the Van

January 6, 2016

On the Road

The second book gifted to me at Christmas was ‘The Lady in the Van’ by Alan Bennett. Inevitable really now that I live and work about half the year in a motorhome, albeit a tad cleaner than Miss Shepherd’s and not yellow, not yet anyway.

Should I get the urge to mix custard yellow paint with madeira cake I’ll let you know.

What intrigued me about the book was Alan Bennett’s realisation that: ‘you don’t put yourself into what you write – you find yourself there.'(Profile Books: 2015)

Reading this reminded me of a previous post where I commented that I both read and write to find myself.

This message seems to be coming at me from all directions lately.

I am currently reading ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’ by Nina George and have just come across a few interesting questions posed by the protagonist Monsieur Perdu. He believes that people are like books and asks us to consider if we are the main or secondary characters in our lives/stories or if we are in the process of editing ourselves out (Abacus: 2015).

As I have spent the last few weeks editing and redrafting a couple of different pieces of writing, perhaps I should pay some attention to the latter.

I believe that I am tidying up loose ends and making way for something new. How about you? What are you reading or writing at the moment and how does that reflect on your story?

  1. Now you have got me wondering Judith

  2. Hopefully that’s a good thing, Elaine.

  3. Very interesting Judith. I often work with guided imagery in my counselling work. The link here is I offer a scene. Your go into a cinema tell me what you see. The unconscious gets to work. Its where you imagine yourself in your own story. Some imagine themselves up on the screen, the main character in the movie, the story of their life, others sit right at the back. It may be something for all to reflect on, where do you place your self in your story. I know you have made me think of mine. Thank you. Debbie

    • Hi Debbie. I used to do a lot of creative visualisation but have got out of the habit. Thanks for this idea, it’s definitely one to try. Best wishes, Judith

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