Writers and artists are so often portrayed as tormented. It’s a popular cliche. There seems to be a prevailing notion that in order to create, one must be unhappy – the lower the level of despair, the “deeper” a person is, and thus the more able to create powerful messages and images.Many artists and writers are both talented and troubled; that’s well known. Is the sadness the root of their skill? If they were happier, would they be less productive, or more so?
Via Douglas Eby