Anaïs Nin on the role of a writer

The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. Most of the writing today which is called fiction contains such a poverty of language, such triteness, that it is a shrunken, diminished world we enter, poorer and more formless than the poorest cripple deprived of ears and eyes and tongue. The writer’s responsibility is to increase, develop our senses, expand our vision, heighten our awareness and enrich our articulateness.”

– Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 5

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  1. October 29, 2011    

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