Lisa suggests that the increasing popularity of art photography has to do with so many people having digital cameras and camera phones now -- which means more people taking pictures. To really appreciate how much art goes into a photograph, it helps to try to take photos. It's not as easy as it looks.
To really appreciate drawing, it helps to try it. I have never taken dance, and ballet leaves me cold. But Lisa, who took ballet lessons back in the day, loves it.
A corrolary is that as a writer, it helps to have dabbled in the related arts. I learned a lot about writing by taking acting classes, and editing classes, and directing classes. It helps you with different perspectives on what you're doing, as well as showing you what you can and can't ask for from the actors and the camera.
I learned so much when I was cast in K2 back in college. It makes a huge difference in how you write, when you actually have to say the words yourself. It wasn't until I had to edit what I shot, did I learn anything about directing. Both disciplines have informed how I now write.
I think that not only do the other creative disciplines - art, photography, acting - inform your writing, but other forms of writing help your screenwriting. If I'm stuck on a screenplay, I stop and switch gears by writing something else - PR, marketing brochures, articles, etc...so that when I look back at the script page it's fresh to me and I can see its flaws (of which there are always plenty).
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