Thursday, April 7, 2011

One of my Muses

When I have writer's block, the only thing that really pulls me out of it is reading.  Usually I read poetry, since that's what I'm writing, but another thing that always works?  Anais Nin.  Her language is so beautiful and lyrical that it might as well be poetry.


If you've never read anything she's written, I'd recommend starting with Henry & June, the famous excerpt from her diaries.  It is the compelling story of her years-long affair with author Henry Miller.  

Here are some Anais Nin quotes that I've grown attached to over the years:

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

"We write to taste life twice: in the moment, and in retrospection."  

"I must be a mermaid . . . I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living."

"I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing."

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  

"I am only responsible for my own heart.  You offered yours up for the smashing, my darling.  Only a fool would give out such a vital organ."

"Anxiety is love's greatest killer."

and for Jessie . . . "Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together."


Who is your creative muse?

15 comments:

H. Gillham said...

I don't have a muse -- but I love copying great lines from what I am reading into my journal.

Here's the last thing I copied: "When something comes up from the past, yell
'That's so done.'"

:)

bananas. said...

OMG i LOOOOVE the mermaid quote!!! i need to print that and post it on my wall. absolutely GENIUS!!! can she be my muse too? i don't write but i do blog.

Kori said...

Wow this is a great post. I don't really have one either, but am constantly being inspired by others. I'm hosting a blog hop tomorrow for the 2nd Fashion Friday! I'd love for you to link up with us! Let me know if you have questions. Have a great day honey! Kori xoox

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Farah said...

I have been looking high and low for books by her in Malaysia and I can't seem to find any. And yes, it's because of all your raving on how good she is that's making me itch to read her works! hope I have better luck soon! ;)

Kimbirdy said...

wow, i've never heard of her before, but those quotes were all so amazing! everyone made me go, "woah, yes!" thank you so much for sharing. if i didn't have a muse before, i do now! :)

julianne. said...

beautiful words and beautiful woman.<3

Sarah said...

I love "anxiety is love's greatest killer". One of my favourite inspirations is the writer Rebecca Solnit. I love her poetic take on the world. One of her quotes that sticks with me is, "Perfection is the stick with which we beat the possible." Love that. Thanks for sharing!

~KS said...

Can you believe I have never read her? Shame on me. I will start.

Muse... I don't know if I have one. I have to think about that one...

Gracie said...

This is so beautiful! I've never read anything by her but the way it is written is very poetic. I will have to find that diary/book.

Muse...I don't have one. Which is a shame. I should look for one. x

Erika said...

Oh, I just love the way she thinks - these quotes are incredible!

I find that I don't really have a creative muse; but I'm really into Paul Coelho at the moment. :)

Meredith said...

I can't believe I've never read any of her writing. What beautiful quotes, I definitely need to grab something of hers on Kindle.

heather yalin said...

i love the heart quote, so cold, so true!

Faiza said...

would have to say that it's music and voices that "muse" me. lately it's been all about adele. i am obsessed...

J. said...

LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. Thank you for throwing one in there for me! ;) I love Anais Nin- that last quote about music is one of my all-time favorites. I've never heard the one about shallow living, so THANK YOU for sharing it. . . now I'm going to steal it! ;)
xoxo

Jo said...

I love her! I heard that she made sure that Henry and June didn't get published until after every person involved had passed. That turned out to be her husband. Hearing that made me admire her even more!