I have always drawn, doodled and painted but just as a way to burn off excess energy. I was originally solely (in professional capacity) an author. As I mulled over a paragraph or scene I would draw or paint.
Not too many years ago I became more serious about my visual work and also started putting real work effort into it.
I feel very fortunate to now have an audience into what I am doing and who are not even necessarily aware that I write.
Part of my daily work schedule is now specifically for visual work. Aside from the allotted time and the nightly woodshedding in my Midori, I do also still draw as I mull over the words.
Occasionally I have a cross pollination, the pen will inspire the brush or vice versa.
This is 5×8 image tied in with an essay I am currently working on.