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Despite procrastination yesterday, I wrote my 1,000 words in time to draw for a couple of hours before I had to go out, so that was a success. After I post this, I'll do it again.

I think I'm making some progress with my balance of art and fiction. I routinely go through rounds of thinking that I should just do one of them so that I can get more practice in a single area, and progress in a more linear fashion toward my goals. When I've been writing steadily, I think I should concentrate on that. When I've been drawing for a while, I feel like I should forget about writing. Then I get a moment of clarity about being my complete self and finding a way to do both effectively. The strongest argument for that is that creating art recharges me for writing, and writing fiction recharges me for art; also, whenever I switch from one to the other, I feel like I've magically improved at the thing that was dormant.

I would like to stop fighting with myself over this. Years of experience tell me that I function best when I do both. It doesn't matter if our society embraces specialists and doesn't support multifunctional beings; this is the way I have to be.


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Aug. 27th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
i've struggled with this too. i have 2 specialties (audio and art) and people are always trying to pidgeonhole me into just one. and i tried to do that to myself, and have routinely made myself miserable! my new year's resolution is to stop doing that. somehow they will all come together and co-exist.
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly. And whatever way that you find to merge the two will be what makes you stand out, both as an artist and as a person. It makes the work harder, but also more satisfying.

I'm so grateful to know you and others like us who feel this way! I really admire people who become experts at the intricacies of a single field, but it's satisfying in a different way to know people who are working in two.
Aug. 28th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Robert Heinlein said it bestest: "Specialization is for insects."
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