Sackcloth and Ashes – some thoughts
Instinctive – Act on it before you understand it.
Transformative – How you behave is who you are.
Philosophical - Nothing happens and everything happens.
In my novel Sackcloth and Ashes Evie’s move from London, her running away, is instinctive. She believes life can be different but she doesn’t know how to make it so. She has felt for some time that her life in London is unravelling but she appears unable to do anything about it. Evie’s journey is one of self realisation and maturity. She’s flawed but then so are we all. Her courage is in trying to be different even when she doesn’t know how she is going to achieve that.
Evie runs away to survive. By choosing to live a different life she is able to make changes and be open to different experiences. Of course it is not without difficulty and struggle but then that is the stuff of life; it is what makes being alive so exhilarating. The great thing is she is able to change. She can move closer to who she wants to be and to the life she wants to lead. She manages it by acting differently even when she’s not fully convinced herself.
Of course she makes mistakes. She has huge doubt and moments of great despair when she feels she has achieved nothing. But of course this is not true. It is only how it appears.
Evie did not need to leave London to become true and happy but she had to work out what was meaningful for her and then follow her heart. And yes, that’s a cliché, but as a young writer friend of mine said recently clichés are often true.