Let’s try to define it, shall we? OK first contender is Wikipedia.
Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect.
Pretty good, I’d say. However, is deliberately required? Let’s try again. Dictionary.com this time.
the quality, production, expression, or realm, according toaesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
I’m liking this one quite a bit more. Especially the “of more than ordinary significance” part. That’s definition one of sixteen. The real question becomes, how do you define art? Who chooses what is art? To me I think it is a very personal thing. Referring back to my post about what the reader takes from a story, I think that art should be a self-defined subject. What is art to some person might hold no meaning with another. It’s the same with writing. Writing is a highly personal ordeal. What it means to the author, what it means to the reader, what it means to the editor or publisher or book-store owner are all very different things. I don’t think there should be stereotypes or standards for writing, just as there are few for art. To try and generalize something so expansive is just illogical.