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.”

http://www.andilit.com/2013/02/08/the-lie-we-perpetuate-about-writing-drugs-and-mental-illness/

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4 comments
  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.

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