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I don't think I'm screwed up, but I have been heart-broken. To be a writer you just need to have fully experienced life, I think: the good and the bad.
Yup, totally. How would you define it?
Being a "screw up" sounds to me very negative and kind of stuck in one place, if you know what I mean, whereas I think there's a good, creative forward momentum in thinking of yourself as having come from a fairly dark place but moving towards the light and the colour.
I think the best art mixes up the pleasures and tragedies of life fairly evenly. In order to write/sing/paint or film the beauty of pain you need to experience both pain and beauty, not get too stuck on one or the other. Easier said than done, of course. Heehee - I think this current frame of mind has come from me cutting up the pages of a teeny book about Zen so's I can glue bits of it into the microzine I'm currently sticking and pasting together. :-)
I know that when I have been at my worst, depressed, drunk, messed up, I was creating NOTHING. When I can't get out of bed to do anything but go to work, I don't have much creative process going on.
Lately, I have been in a creative frenzy. I feel like i'm less screwed up than I used to be, but on some level, I am using my creativity to distract me from all the stress in my life.
So maybe the trick is balancing opposing forces...It all comes back to balance, I think, although I don't always feel like my life is in balance. I think it's a continuous struggle.
I dont believe it takes pain to be a writer.
I mean I can't really be like 'im a writer and ive never been hurt" because that isnt true.
but the things I write about do not reflect that pain that ive dealt with.
I think it is more about what you are writing about.
But I think if you are writing something in which you are trying to put feelings out in text you need to know feelings, how they work, what triggers them and so on.
But I think as long as people have thoughts that is all that is needed to be a writer..you dont have to have something wrong with you