Art is more important than the artist

No, not true,

I live with my bipolar self. I feel blessed to have found a way to write fearlessly and freely. However, I will admit the temptation of abusing my condition for the sake of creativity still exists. I’ve found that temptation is a terrible lie.

Thirteen years ago I lost my hold on reality, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and GAD. It was a creativity dry and emotion free 5 years after I started my BP medications. I endured the numbness and side effects because i feared the place I’d fallen into more than comfort and loss of creativity.

When I was a younger writer I “taught” myself how to spiral down into dark depression, or use substances. When I was an adult, I threw all that work into the garbage. Good riddance.

I’ve recently been blessed with freedom in writing. I love the sound, taste, and rhythm of words. Sometimes I fear I sound pretentious. I don’t mean to. I am just trying to write fearlessly (thank you Pat Pattison/Caroline Harvey).

The article below covers the topic better than I have.

“When we say that people need alcohol, drugs, or mental illness to produce great art, we are saying that the art is more important than the person.”

  1. Wow. This really makes me think. Writing is the one thing that I have always done ‘freely’ and without fear. It was my creative outlet through the toughest years of my life, and also the most glorious.. Drugs? yea well, I’m an adict in recovery. And I’m about to get my one year in 2 days. Yes, literally, 2 days.

    I never used substances to write better.. I know my addiction very well. I have heard that us creative ones, usually are ‘recovering’ in one way or another, whether it’s a mental/medical thing.. but I think that’s just what the non-creative people tell us so that they can feel like they have something we don’t have, since we have creativity and talent and they don’t! Yes, I am loving my thoughts here…

    I am glad I found you!! I will be back! ~Jen

    • tyroper said:

      It’s good that you write freely and without fear. One of my favorite phrases is “Write Fearlessly” from Pat Pattison.
      Congrats on your one year. I follow a very inspiring poet that is 2 years clean (I think it’s 2).
      He is John Survivor Blake. He writes powerfully. And his personal story is amazing. You can find him on Facebook, and he does have a book out.
      Glad you never abused your addict for art’s sake. I use writing as therapy too.
      I like to believe that everyone can be creative.
      Creative types just seem able to live within their insecurities, neediness (for validation), vision & resolve.
      A tough soup to digest. It has poisoned some great talent.

  2. slepsnor said:

    I never thought of things that way. I was always told in a joking manner that all artists are mentally ill to some extent, but I never really thought about what that actually meant. I’m happy that you’re able to write so freely and fearlessly because I think that’s the only way to truly enjoy the fun of writing.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

God's story through my life from 2005 to eternity...

Fear Not, Just Believe. Faith is the antidote to fear.


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


A great site


Jean-Luc Picard.


The Archaeology and Heritage of Death & Memory

The Journal Of Antiquities

Ancient Sites In Great Britain & Southern Ireland




A blog full of humorous and poignant observations.

Nicholas C. Rossis

dream-protecting author


travel, holidays,leisure



A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

A Hopefully Formerly Depressed Human Vows To Practice Self-Approval

Publishing Insights

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose / The more things change, the more they stay the same

The Book Reviews You Can Trust!

sheila sea

like thalassic velvet


Book Recommendations, Inspiration, Writing, Books, Blogging and Social Issues


I just want you to know who I am

Just Your Average Try

like and follow me!! Thanks for visiting, much appreciated

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Eye Will Not Cry

"Eye Fly High"


About a process

Attached To Brunei

Born & Bred in the Abode of Peace

Eric Weiskott

writer, teacher, literary historian

Memoir Notes

a blog for memoir writers

Terribly Write

Terrible Writing on the Web. And Writing Terribly Well for the Web


confessions are self-serving



Felicity Johns

This site is rated for MA audiences only.

Caustic Synergy

United and alone in the world

The Perks of Being a Writer

Ayesha Mehr Nadeem


Books with a twist and other things.


Sometimes, life isn't all it seems...

Words on a blackboard

In a world of poems, words steal love and put it on a blackboard

%d bloggers like this: