People say one should separate one’s real life from one’s artwork, and one should protect his real life from his fiction life. So one can has less pain, and be able to see the world soberly. But I think it is a very selfish attitude. I like what Flaubert said…If you are a real artist, everything in your life is part of your art. The art is a memorial of the life. Art is the abstract way of his daily existence.
from the novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo [p. 266]