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Why writing is better than any other art
You may have envied your friend the actress when you recently saw her receive a standing ovation at a local theatre production, or maybe you saw the price tag dangling from a painting at a gallery in your town and felt briefly jealous of the price some artists seem able to command. But take heart, because the good news is that writing is better than any other art form for a number of reasons.
First of all, you get to do writing in the privacy of your own home. You don’t even have to change out of your pyjamas let alone shower or force yourself to mingle with other people. Sure, painters and other types of visual artists might have a similar advantage, but they do eventually have to go to galleries and openings and make small talk with people all night. People expect writers to be introverts; if you are one of the few writers fortunate enough to get a book launch from your publisher, the ability to make any kind of conversation at all will put you well ahead of many of your peers.
You don’t need an audience to write. Most writers want an audience of some sort, but you don’t need to have people standing in front of you to enjoy their appreciation as you would if you were an actor, dancer or musician.
By a similar token, you don’t need much in the way of supplies to write, and thus it doesn’t take any kind of investment to get started. For all the fancy software and high-tech solutions that are out there, in the end, all you really need is some paper and a pen. Artists and filmmakers need equipment in order to work; musicians need instruments; even dancers often need special clothes and certainly specialised training.
Writing gives you an opportunity to enact revenge like no other art. Remember that kid who tormented you in school, the aunt who never liked you or the boss who terrorised you in your first job? They can all go in the book, and you don’t have to be nice about it. Of course, you’ll need to change the details, but you’ll secretly have the satisfaction of knowing exactly who you are tormenting – in a fictional sense of course.
Writing can be done anywhere. Trying standing up in the middle of a crowded coffee shop and belting out a song or performing a soliloquy from Shakespeare on a crowded airplane. Imagine passing time at that boring work meeting by slinging oil on a canvas or hopping out of your car in a traffic jam to do a few pirouettes. No matter where you are, you can almost always write.
What do you think are some of the other advantages of writing?
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