Before I go off to distract myself further, this, from Helene Cixous, the dreamweaver that woke me up one night with the idea for Blogsisters.
"The origin of the gesture of writing is linked to the experience of a disappearance, to the feeling of having lost the key to the world, to have been thrown outside. To have acquired all of a sudden the feeling of something precious, rare, mortal. To have to find again, urgently, an entrance, breath, to keep the trace. We have to make the apprenticeship of Mortality."