Writing Inspiration Quote

August 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm (Quote of the Day)

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”  

Anais Nin    


I chose these words from Anais Nin as the quote of the day for so many reasons. This great literary woman, known for her journals and erotica stories, is the epitome of the word: Bohemian.  

“The term ‘Bohemian’ has come to be very commonly accepted in our day as the description of a certain kind of literary gipsey, no matter in what language he speaks, or what city he inhabits …. A Bohemian is simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art.” [“Westminster Review,” 1862]

 These words from Anais Nin are what I live by in my writing, what every writer should live by. The writing industry is so very difficult to break into that a writer has to bleed a part of him/herself into their writing. There must be something deeply set into the words in which we write that a reader can do nothing but become lost in the literature we have created. There should be emotions so strong that a reader feels them with such an intensity that they all but cry at the book’s end. A reader should feel a sense of loss that the book is over and a yearning to read it again, just so that they may feel once more. Strong emotions such as anger and passion are captivating with their intensity and should be felt through words. Some people say not to put a part of yourself in your writing, but how can you not? How can you not lose a piece of yourself with every word that you drip upon a page? If you feel nothing about your writing, if you don’t sacrifice a part of yourself for it, then readers will feel nothing for your writing too. If you don’t give them something to feel, if you don’t show them how to feel, then they will not.  

So, put grand emotion into your writing, write as if the words were ripped from your very soul and cry out from the page.  


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