I’m still enveloped and affected by the world of Anais Nin since I finished the second volume of her diary yesterday. While parts of it didn’t resonate as much, most of it was sheer beauty, brilliance and bountifully eyeopening for me in regard to my own life and writing.
I can’t stop thinking about her friends, her generosity and sometimes “too much” unselfishness and her word craft, of course. I want to know more about her friends, I want to read their writings and see how she influenced them.
I plan to start with Henry Miller, who played a huge role in Anais’ life and will take along his “Tropic of Cancer” when I go to Ireland next week. I remember my mother talking about how much the book affected her when she read surreptitiously read it while in high school and know all about its banning, etc., so I’m looking forward to diving in.
With that being said, it seems only fitting that Mr. Miller give us this week’s Writers’ Wisdom.
“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful
souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”
I’m also quite fond of this one, too:
“Write first and always.
Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.”