Question and answer time with Chuck Palahniuk
Q: Can someone be a brilliant artist without being seriously fucked-up? Can someone be a brilliant artist and be completely sane and well-adjusted? Can the sane and good create art that is meaningful and not simply bland or pretty to look at? —Isaiah Technician
CP: Here’s my theory: Anyone who makes a career in writing, music, painting, or whatnot succeeds as being a constant witness, always harvesting from the world. Any “artist” makes a living by expressing what others can’t—because they’re unaware of their feelings, they’re too afraid to express those feelings, or they lack the skills to communicate and be understood. Being fucked-up isn’t required. In fact, it tends to cut careers short.
Link to AV Club article