Since the creation of Yodi, Hélène Azancot has enjoyed building relationships with wellness experts who share the same values of transparency, cleanliness, naturalness and sustainability. In order to share these exchanges with as many people as possible, she wanted to organize events in the Yodi boutique at 27 avenue Victor Hugo in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and to highlight these inspiring people.
These experts come from different backgrounds: naturopath, author, designer, interior decorator... but they all have in common the desire to make things evolve towards a healthier future.
Today, Hélène met Clémentine Monperrus.
Can you introduce yourself?
I'm Clementine, I'm 39 years old and when I was a child I used to say to anyone who would listen, "when I grow up I'm going to be a writer" (nowadays I would say a writer, or an author). I am now grown up and I am not a writer. Or not yet. Or not quite. In any case, I've never been published. But I'm not losing sight of that dream, I think the average age of a published first novel is 35. I'm 4 years late, isn't that acceptable? And I'm working on a novel project right now. Besides, I'm not an accountant or a math teacher either, my whole professional life revolves around writing.
How many years have you been writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I have been writing since childhood. I have been writing especially since the moment when I understood that writing helped me to free myself, to soothe myself. I wrote whole pages about my life, my moods, my anxieties as a little girl, then as a teenager and young woman, and a little less as an adult. I write because I often feel that it is the only thing I know how to do.
What is your earliest memory of writing?
It's hard. I remember the blue notebook in which I used to write as a teenager. I would isolate myself, often at the bottom of the garden, to write my emotions. Often dark, it must be said. What is surprising is that my first writing actions are linked to difficult, sad periods of my life, whereas writing is basically synonymous with joy for me.
How does this make you feel?
For me, there are two ways of writing. The one I just described. The cathartic writing, which liberates, which soothes. And then the one I have been exploring more for the last few years, the one of the novel project, of fiction, which is more difficult, more tortuous and which gives me at the same time great feelings of pleasure, of obviousness but also the impression of being at the foot of the biggest mountain to climb.
Do you have a writing ritual?
It's a subject that interests me a lot, that fascinates me even, that of the writing ritual, of the hygiene of the author. I have read and listened to many interviews with writers on this subject. I also fantasized a lot about the act of writing. I realize as I get older that it's not worth much. Writing is a need, an urgency, and the form of the action doesn't matter. Nevertheless, I must admit that I often write sitting at a desk, a table, at home or in a café and almost systematically with classical music in my ears, to cut myself off from the world.
What are your obstacles?
The main thing: the effort it requires. For me it's not a matter of rendering, of fear of not being able to do it. It's a form of laziness.
What would be your advice to someone who wants to start writing?
Dare. A few months ago, I launched a podcast project related to the writing exercise. The project was simple: collect letters. Those of anonymous people or of more famous personalities. These letters that they would have dreamed of writing, would have dreamed of sending, without ever daring to do it. To collect these letters in order to put them in voice.
I received many emails from potential participants showing interest in the project and the desire to embark on the journey that it implies, but also mentioning the obstacle that writing represented, sometimes with the impression of an insurmountable difficulty. I realized that even if the desire to write, to put words down, is there, the passage to action is often more complicated. So I wanted to propose writing workshops to give birth to these letters. This first workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 1st. So, my advice could not be simpler: if you want to write, dare and if you need someone to hold your hand, sign up for this writing workshop by sending an email to: email@example.com
Do you have anything to add?
I believe deeply in the virtues of writing, I believe deeply in the impact of the words we use, of the ideas we express, on what we are, what we convey, what we transmit.
Thank you very much