The Creative Dilemma
Samuel Beckett was once asked what he had given up for his art. He replied; ‘I have fairly often not gone to parties.’ EM Forster was asked why his output of novels hadn’t been greater and he replied; ‘I would have written more if I hadn’t gone out so much.’
Watching the movie ‘Nine’ made me think about the creative dilemma. I saw the play years ago, and it led me to reading about Federico Fellini and Luis Bunuel, both of whom traded away stability in the personal lives in order to continue with artistic creation. Now, I’m just a ‘popular’ writer, but it seems there are sacrifices to be made by everyone in the pursuance of a vocation. I upset parts of my family by writing ‘Paperboy’, but I wouldn’t have changed it. The question that must occur to everyone is – how do you strike a balance between your work and your life? And can you even makes such changes yourself? I ask because I’m writing a non-fiction book about the creative process and how it affects people. All thoughts appreciated.