Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

– E. L. Doctorow

I’d heard of E. L. Doctorow, but I’ve never read anything by him. At least, I don’t think I have. I suppose there could be a short story somewhere and I’ve just forgotten I read it. But, during my wanderings across the internet, I ran into this line and it made me laugh.

I’d never thought of writing as a license for acting crazy. But who knows? Maybe it is. Maybe there are thousands of writers who are not quite normal and just don’t know it.

God knows other creative people – actors, singers, designers – act crazy sometimes. But they are also lot more in the public eye and I always figured public pressure drove them bonkers. But maybe it’s not, maybe being creative predisposes you to act crazy.