Does Suffering Lead to Creativity?

“The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business.”

—John Berryman

If you’ve experienced trauma in your life, do you think it’s fueled your creativity? Has it fueled your desire to express yourself in writing, or has it been an impediment? Do you believe that suffering is essential to creativity? Or is it an impediment? Or both? Why or why not?

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