Remember when you were in school and first learned about the famous painters and writers who were just a little...um....OFF? Yes, we know than Vincent Van Gogh had emotional/mental problems yet produced art that graces the walls of the most famous museums in the world. Edgar A. Poe was an addict, Hemingway committed suicide, and Emily Dickenson was a recluse who was afraid of the world. Today we watch wonderful actors and actresses and marvel at their talent yet hear news reports of their addictions, their inability to sustain relationships, or their outright 'flaky' behavior.
Is it the curse of a creative mind to be just a little whacky along with the genius?
I've always seen the creative person as a little more intuitive than most. They watch the world, study it, and sometimes feel too much. Admittedly, I am quick to laugh and cry and sometimes struggle with depression but, for me, it is just my life. I am who I am and nothing about that is going to change anytime soon. I have noticed lately, among my own circle of friends, writers all, that most are tough rather than EMO. Sure rejection comes with this business. That's a part of life. There is rejection or disappointment in any career. Before I became published, I took rejection hard but these days, not so much. I allow myself five or ten minutes to whine and then I pull up the big girl panties and return to my storytelling. Lately, I've noticed I'm not the only writer among my group of friends to do this. Yeah, we'll talk about the disappointment but the talk doesn't go on very long. After all, there is another story to tell.
So are we too EMO or are we tough? Tough, I think.