‘You crumple the letter. You don’t need it. The words are in your head, because the words are yours. Already you’re starting to understand words are the way out.’
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‘Soon you’re writing articles of your own, furiously opinionated and probably ill-informed. You ask a local paper to print your words. They laugh at you.’
‘As a housewife, I fail; as a writer, I need bad housekeeping.’
Hollywood’s recipe of the hero’s journey is concentrate of Joseph Campbell diluted via the commercial wisdom of ‘story consultants’. But what if we put a heroine in the frame? Does the schema of desire, jeopardy, prize-wresting, and finally, homecoming still hold? Nicola Baldwin thinks the journey is even more important for women, who invariably forfeit something along the way.