I firmly believe that artists are driven by similar forces, no matter their methods of expression. Take, for example, this 1993 interview with dancer, Twyla Tharp:
Q: When did you first have a vision of what you wanted to do?
A: Twyla Tharp: It depends on how you define vision. The way I enjoyed spending time most was dancing. That’s from the time I was a very small child, when I puttered around the house. When I was four or five years old, I remember already having a regime. It was the way I always identified myself.
Ditto. Or here, an interview with Nick Japardize, an artist from the Republic of Georgia:
Q: Could you tell us some more about your paintings?
A: My emotions, dreams and feelings transformed into the colors and images on the canvas are my paintings. I explain that all the characters: whether it�s a king, a philosopher, a child, a jester or a musician are all a depiction of my differences from day to day, making my soul transparent to the canvas.
Think words instead of oils and canvas. Finally, this tidbit from actor, Johnny Depp:
I’ll tell you what’s fun is to try something that maybe hasn’t been beaten to death. To try and do something a little bit different. I mean, what’s the risk? The risk is you fall flat on your face, or you make an ass of yourself, or you get fired. But there’s always other things.
Which is how I feel about writing and why the idea of following trends bothers me so much. If something I write happens to fall into a current trend, that’s fine, but I’d rather be the head of a chicken than the tail of a horse.