This has been a question that has slipped in and out of my mind since I took a creative writing class my senior year of high school. Why bothering me so much? Cause I just want to know what others think too.
I have never once considered myself an artist in any degree. When I try to draw, it’s blah, and when I finish my drawing anyway, it’s not what was in my head. Of course, I’ve never outright told people I was a writer, until I started writing after high school. And even now, I think of myself as more of an amateur writer, or a writer-in-training.
But my big thing is, would you call writers, who have published books out, artists? Would you call writers for articles in magazines artists? Could you seriously sit down and say, someone like James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, etc are artists?
I guess this is where I can tell you all my opinion…
Art is a very broad term. You can turn just about anything into an art form. Ballet, acting, music making, hell, even cooking! I’ve seen some pretty cool cakes that I immediately thought an artist must have made it. I believe, though that if you do something that is part of “the arts” it doesn’t make you an artist. Artistry (Is that an actual word? I hope so…) can take many forms. Almost I guess, like trees. There are tons of different tree species out there, and even though, they are all, yes trees, you don’t sit there and call all of them an Oak, cause that could be the most common in your area. (You guys following me here?) They all have their different names and looks and ways of growing.
I’ve had people tell me, I make art with my words, that’s fine. It is, but I wouldn’t want to be called an artist for that. Writing is a form of art in my book, but just because it’s art, doesn’t mean you need to be called an artist. Wait, I guess this was a very roundabout way to say “I do think writers are artists, but I wouldn’t want to offend anyone and call them that explicitly”. I mean, lets face it, in a way, you can call dancers artists, musicians artists, actors….er….not so much. I think my argument’s going downhill now. I’ll stop while I’m ahead, or at least near the head…
What do you say about all of this? Writer = artist? Or a writer is just a writer.