Have you seen the new film “The Lady in the Van” yet? It offers some interesting insights into the life of the writer as the author, Alan Bennett, tries to decide what he thinks of this crazy old lady who insists on living in his driveway.
At the beginning of the story, Alan observes: “The writer is double – there is the self who does the writing, and the self who does the living, and they talk, they argue. Writing is talking to oneself. I’ve been doing it all my life…”
Then at the end, Alan concludes:
“You don’t PUT yourself into what you write, you FIND yourself there.”
A little food for thought for writers!