Where do you think the ego fits into the creative life style? I've recently begun mediation to discover what makes my creative process so painful, and I've discovered a lot of art is can be a validation quest or trap. I always had the philosophy that I was giving back to the world of fiction for giving me such a escape as a youth. But now I can see so much of this can be narcissistic. What do you think? Is the ego bad for art?
I think it’s a fine line. I think it’s important to have confidence that you can make good work. but also while remembering that drawing or writing well doesn’t make anyone better than anyone else.
I try to do the work I do mostly for myself, it’s the process that I enjoy, working through influences or shit in my life or just having fun making up things. or the collaboration. Obviously I really like the interaction too, but that’s all frosting.
That’s too bad to hear that the process is painful for you. There’s that Thomas Mann quote “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult that it is for other people” — I like that. but also I think there’s a joy in the struggle. Like, It wouldn’t be worth it if it was always easy.