Imagine that — we’re halfway through the year-long Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop. For week 26, the writing prompt is:
Why I Write
Uh, no. The latter would be welcome, of course, but there are easier and more surefire ways to get rich. Robbing banks. Printing your own money. Becoming a CEO.
The real reason I write has to do with the kind of person I am.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. — Aristotle
Now, I’m not saying I’m insane. Of course not! It’s just that some of the things I do kind of court madness. The link between creativity and insanity has long captivated people, going all the way back to Aristotle.
The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. — Frank Barron
The idea of the mad artist, the tormented musician or the tortured writer continues to hold a strong grip on the human imagination.Seeing that I’m a musician as well as an author that makes me doubly mad, right?
The extreme limit of wisdom–that is what the public calls madness. — Jean Cocteau
While writing a book, I spend hundreds of hours getting to know people who don’t exist. You have to admit, that’s madness.
The truly creative person is one who can think crazy. — Frank Goble
It’s fairly common for children to have imaginary friends. But adults? That is thinking crazy!
What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. — Augustus Saint-Gaudens
I don’t care much for garlic. The “insanity” that is art, though — that I can’t do without. So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to return to my office with its nice soft walls and commune with the nonexistent.