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Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.

 
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Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
Sometimes I feel that it's a profession that would suit me.

Although I wouldn't want to end up like Hemmingway.

I sometimes feel I need to pour thoughts out of my brain.

Do you feel that way too?

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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
I think to really pull people in as an artist you have to be a little off your rocker. Pull the average Joe out of their comfort zone, and introduce them to someplace new.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
For example, I have a family member with bi-polar disorder, I feel they would make a great writer.

They get into such wild situations it would fill up a book.

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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
I think to really pull people in as an artist you have to be a little off your rocker. Pull the average Joe out of their comfort zone, and introduce them to someplace new.
 Quoting: Gigolo Jesus


yep, you gotta be a little crazy, or else your art will be boring.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
No, they are simply more in tune with their subconscious mind and are more individualistic and creative because of it.

Of course, our country labels them crazy....they are not conformists.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
I just think there is a high rate of suicide among them.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
In general, the higher your imagination is, the more insane you could appear.

I'd assume through their daily life they would appear more normal than they would have if they didn't have an outlet to express themselves in.
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I just think there is a high rate of suicide among them.
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Probably because our society does not value individualism and therefore constantly tells them they are worthless and crazy.

They know themselves and usually do what makes them truly happy.....that doesn't jive with 21st century society.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
The goal of a true artist is to reach deeply within themselves and create something that reaches deeply within the audience -- a connection, of sorts, well beyond the surface.

It is the intense and prolonged introspection required in order to do this that destroys many of them. Deep inside each of us is that dark place where we hide those thoughts and emotions that we wouldn't dare expose. We each have that place within where the beast resides -- the one we dare not feed because it is never sated and works to draw us in deeper for its benefit.

I don't know if I have adequately described what happens, but that's been my experience as a song writer. Inside ourselves is a dangerous place to reside for long. It makes us want to escape, but how does one escape themselves? Most do it with alcohol and/or chemical substances.

batshit crazy? yeah, aren't we all?
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I think to really pull people in as an artist you have to be a little off your rocker. Pull the average Joe out of their comfort zone, and introduce them to someplace new.
 Quoting: Gigolo Jesus


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Only one m in Hemingway. Six toes, one m.
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"They [the Soviets] intend...to induce the Americans to adopt their own 'restructuring' and convergence of the Soviet and American systems .... Convergence will be accompanied by blood baths and political re-education camps in Western Europe and the United States. The Soviet strategists are counting on an economic depression in the United States and intend to introduce their reformed model of socialism with a human face as an alternative to the American system during the depression."--Anatoliy Golitsyn The Perestroika Deception 1990


“Soviet ambitions towards the United States were aimed at the extinction of Capitalism and the ‘socialization’ of America…. The main strategic goals on the road to their fulfillment were: the withdrawal of the U.S.A. from Europe and Asia; the removal of Latin America from the United States’ sphere of influence and its incorporation into the Socialist bloc; the destruction of the United States influence in the developing world; the reduction of American military power to a state of strategic inferiority; the advent to power in Washington of a transitional and progressive government; and the collapse of the American economy.” --Jan Sejna, 1969.

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Only one m in Hemingway. Six toes, one m.
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I think to really pull people in as an artist you have to be a little off your rocker. Pull the average Joe out of their comfort zone, and introduce them to someplace new.
 Quoting: Gigolo Jesus


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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
Many of them just starve broke and poor with their dreams.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
The goal of a true artist is to reach deeply within themselves and create something that reaches deeply within the audience -- a connection, of sorts, well beyond the surface.

It is the intense and prolonged introspection required in order to do this that destroys many of them. Deep inside each of us is that dark place where we hide those thoughts and emotions that we wouldn't dare expose. We each have that place within where the beast resides -- the one we dare not feed because it is never sated and works to draw us in deeper for its benefit.

I don't know if I have adequately described what happens, but that's been my experience as a song writer. Inside ourselves is a dangerous place to reside for long. It makes us want to escape, but how does one escape themselves? Most do it with alcohol and/or chemical substances.

batshit crazy? yeah, aren't we all?
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I do agree that within all of our subconscious lies both good and evil.

BUT, I don't agree that prolonged introspection destroys everybody. Some don't like what they see, yes, but some can find themselves and uncover the reasons for unhappiness in their life prior to looking inward.

I have seen men withdraw and come out as an almost totally different person, improved beyond belief. I have also seen some look inward and never be able to face life again.....some never come out, some turn to drugs, and some kill themselves.

Some Buddhist monks live solitary in caves and I consider them to be amongst the most enlightened people on the planet.
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Re: Are most writers/authors insane or crazy? Serious question.
The goal of a true artist is to reach deeply within themselves and create something that reaches deeply within the audience -- a connection, of sorts, well beyond the surface.

It is the intense and prolonged introspection required in order to do this that destroys many of them. Deep inside each of us is that dark place where we hide those thoughts and emotions that we wouldn't dare expose. We each have that place within where the beast resides -- the one we dare not feed because it is never sated and works to draw us in deeper for its benefit.

I don't know if I have adequately described what happens, but that's been my experience as a song writer. Inside ourselves is a dangerous place to reside for long. It makes us want to escape, but how does one escape themselves? Most do it with alcohol and/or chemical substances.

batshit crazy? yeah, aren't we all?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 754536


I do agree that within all of our subconscious lies both good and evil.

BUT, I don't agree that prolonged introspection destroys everybody. Some don't like what they see, yes, but some can find themselves and uncover the reasons for unhappiness in their life prior to looking inward.

I have seen men withdraw and come out as an almost totally different person, improved beyond belief. I have also seen some look inward and never be able to face life again.....some never come out, some turn to drugs, and some kill themselves.

Some Buddhist monks live solitary in caves and I consider them to be amongst the most enlightened people on the planet.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9204853


exactly, thanks for expounding on my poorly written or worded response.

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