“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”
Isn’t it interesting how often quotes from artists are interdisciplinary? I find the creative mind endlessly fascinating.
Although Jackson Pollock was a painter, his quote applies exceptionally well to writing. As writers, particularly writers of fiction, we may strive for individual characters or original plot lines, but in the end, each human being can only see and interpret the world from a single perspective: their own. Therefore, every writer, whether of a personal memoir or a best-selling comic series, is leaving something of themselves in their work.
Edit: Okay, maybe Shakespeare was able to see from more than one perspective… But he’s basically the exception to every known rule, isn’t he?
Can you think of other writers who seem to have the ability to scrunch themselves into any human shape? Tell me about them in the comments!