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Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity by Maria Popova

In art, books, society, writers on September 3, 2012 at 19:31

 

From: Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, http://www.brainpickings.org

The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947:

…The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith.

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