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Can you be an artist and a writer, as well? 
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Post Can you be an artist and a writer, as well?
I am an artist, and am able at it. I would also like to write (not so able at that, but willing). Is there anyone who combines writing and art? If so how do you do it? How should I start? Suggestions?



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Post Re: Can you be an artist and a writer, as well?
I am an artist and i am putting the finishing touches on a 700-800 page book.

I don't necessarily think there is a huge correlation between creating visual art and writing, other than perhaps the increased ability to visualize your characters, or settings, and give more specific descriptions of things.

Even having a great analytical eye for detail may not help you without a voice and vocabulary to express what it is you can see.

For me, i just came up with a scenario. Then i imagined what a world would be like if that scenario were true. what changes would there be in that world, from what you see now? Then you set your characters to resolving some conflict around your concept, and for me, the character backgrounds and the worlds they inhabit lead to the story. Think of where your characters are from, what they want, and that should lead you to how they will react to things.

It sort of writes itself, once you get going.

I think the most important part is to just start writing. You may not like what you are creating, but don't delete it. Keep it, then start over in a new document. The experience of writing the first draft will improve your second. you keep the first, even if you don't like its voice, because you probably have a great many good ideas buried in your prose.

Just get in there and start writing!

Good luck.


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Post Re: Can you be an artist and a writer, as well?
Thank you, that gives me encouragement! So scary to try, but what is there to lose, right?



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Yeah, just start doing it.

You probably won't like the first thing you write, but just keep going.

Like i said, always keep what you write, even if it is garbage. You might use a phrase in there that you could put in something you like, or a concept that doesn't quite work for that story, but would be the perfect set-piece for a different one.


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Is this the virtue of faith? To never change your mind: especially when you should?

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Post Re: Can you be an artist and a writer, as well?
I don't know if it's what you have in mind, but you might check out Suzi Becker. I recently read her book I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?. I found it both touching and entertaining.


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