The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947, represents the third volume of Anais Nin diaries and is the perfect example of how being emotional can lead to great creativity and amazing writing. It consists stories about life, movements, and great cities.
This diary is full of wisdom and emotions about life and the author’s love for writing.
She is honest about how only by being emotional one can produce great things.
Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. ∼ Anais Nin
A similar case and subject to this is the letter she wrote to an aspiring new author to be, and it is an exquisite advise everyone might need to hear.
She explains how almost all of us lose our faith along the way under the circumstances of insane history or mad leaders. How we proceed is our choice. More specifically she explains how we must always choose to believe and begin without being scared. Completely the opposite of how older people live and fall into patterns. We should not forget to take risks and be curious.
Strive to discover new things.
We need to start giving more because we have a lot to give.
She compares this giving with the writing of her own stories. At first, she feels empty like she lost something, but later she realizes that she has planted something in others, and they begin to feel it too. In that particular moment, she becomes richer. That is the time when love and friendship are born.
She advises the young author not to fear and she explains how being emotional is not being vulnerable but just the opposite. She tells him to be true to himself and his feelings; tells him to accept them. Don’t be afraid of the unavoidable excess of emotions. Do n’t hesitate to flow and overflow. Great things, great writings, and great creativity are always born out of it.
We should never be afraid of mystery, but in fact, embrace it. Use the privilege of youth and do great things. Because only in great terror, great art was born and only great loneliness and instabilities are what can balance all things together. Pour your heart out, do not be afraid of emotional excess and do whatever you are willing to do with faith.