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Initial revision by user avatar phoe47nix · 2019-12-08T12:43:41Z (7 months ago)
Anais Nin had a beautiful piece I believe is [totally relevant](https://byronsmuse.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/anais-nin-we-write-to-taste-life-twice/):

> We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely. We write as the birds sing, as the primitives dance their rituals. 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. When I don't write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.
> - _The Diary of Anais Nin_

Attribution notice added by user avatar System · 2019-12-08T12:43:41Z (7 months ago)
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Imported from external source by user avatar System · 2019-08-21T18:09:49Z (11 months ago)
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