One of my hobbies is Interior Design. As I design a room, I am always amazed at the similarities between writing and design. For example, design deals in setting, background, and subject matter. In a room, the furniture represents the main characters while the walls, floor, and ceiling represent the backdrop for those characters. In design, we use rhythm and flow as well as texture, emotion, and atmosphere.
As I think of the other arts – painting, music, and dance – I find similar elements. Underlying all art are universal principles created by God. As we discover these principles and apply them, our art – whether it be writing, painting, or playing an instrument – will touch hearts.