7 Reasons Why Writing is Art

I love this article. I never used to think of myself as artistic until someone said, “But you write fiction. Isn’t that an art form?” And I got to thinking perhaps, just perhaps, it might be considered such. But this article has really convinced me so much, I now happily lay claim to being artistic because of being a writer of novels. 🙂

Over the years I have been writing, I have often wished I could step back and view my novel as a complete work, the way a painter can. To be able to assess what’s missing, where there needs to be more colour, where there is too much. It would be so helpful when you have this awful feeling something is not quite right with the piece, but you’re not sure what. Instead, a writer has to painstakingly look at the piece chapter by chapter, page by page, sometimes sentence by sentence, word by word. But yes! yes! yes! it is a work of art!

What a joyous realisation!

Since I was a little girl, I have loved the creative arts: music, painting, drawing, sculpting, anything that creates something beautiful, or interesting that is not necessarily functional. It used to make me sad I had no aptitude for making music or painting, or things that are readily perceived as art. But I am a writer. I’ve always been a writer.

In my latest book, Gold Plated, my main character is an artist. A very gifted artist who sacrificed her art career for her marriage, then found it again later in life. It gave me so much joy writing about her paintings, the dresses she designed, the beauty of nature that inspired her – because, let’s face it, the creator is a master artist and the whole world is his canvas.

“The dress I’m going to wear tonight is hidden in the wardrobe till later. I want it to be a surprise for Paul. He hasn’t seen it yet and has no idea of the peaceful hours I’ve spent sewing while he’s been out and about. It makes me smile every time I open the wardrobe door, push aside the things it hides behind, and see my handiwork hanging there. Inspired by the pale, creamy-yellow, woodland primroses that bloom in our garden every spring, designed and fashioned over the summer months after their faded beauty folded and faded further, it has been such a delight to make. Impossible to improve on nature, all I could do was allow the delicate flowers to inform my eye and guide my hand as I sketched and painted, desiring to capture the essence of their beauty in the spring to infuse into my work in the summer.” ~ Rosanna ~ Gold Plated

So, back to the article: 7 Reasons Why Writing is Art

I hope you read it. Read it all. In itself, it is a work of art: beautifully constructed and very thought provoking.

The Champagne Epicurean


Why is writing an art form? It’s an intimate question that has permeated many of our subconscious thoughts.

Unlike other art forms, people who are not authors or poets, frequently find themselves needing to write in their daily lives. We write emails, letters, cards, notes, assignments – the list goes on. We seldom find ourselves randomly needing to do a bit of sculpture in life, or compose a little symphony. So writing has a unique position, for better or worse, within the artistic sphere.

And I admire that about writing. It is a democratic art. Anyone can write. Writing is the least aristocratic of the arts. You don’t need money to write. Almost everyone can afford a piece of pen and paper. You don’t need the expensive materials needed for painting, sculpture or music.

But where does the line fall between artistic writing and everyday writing? Should there even…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beatrix Koch
    Jan 04, 2019 @ 17:01:52

    I agree! Writing is creating and our imagination can be sometimes very artistic 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  2. cicampbell2013
    Jan 04, 2019 @ 21:08:30

    Yes, it’s lovely to think of ourselves as artists. 😀

    Liked by 1 person


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