Hey-ho, just wanted to add to the art v writing stuff, because I'm both a Writer and artist as well and I know what you mean Birdofterror. I gave up drawing at 11, then went into writing. I abandoned art because I was never satisfied with it and right now I regret the 10yrs I left drawing and have been everyday since. I only draw not to stop hitting myself about it.
For me it's hard to do both (Some of the blame goes towards my Autism. It's said we can't multitask and I believe that), because both are very demanding in practice. I've finished one project of art per day for the last 3yrs, so that's over 1,095projects completed and I haven't become satisfied in my skills yet. To also note, for me, traditionally (I'm more digital artist), it only takes me 20-30minutes to finish a page in the Story of Mizuka, but it's said that the artist of Naruto, it takes him 3-4hours! to finish just one page. He does ink them in, but heck, he's still a traditional artist that takes 4hrs (His body must be dead after finishing an issue). While to digitally go over it, it takes me 1-2hours. My art keeps taking longer and longer to finish however ever since I started putting more detail into it or in other words improving.
Also not sure what to say about Bleendman's view. I go onto a flaming manga forum, where I haven't invited anyone there because it's one heck of a flaming forum, like I mean ouch, you feel like you're running around with fire in your hands. The biggest reason for this is a divide between the people who want to become professional manga artists and those who want to keep doing it as a hobby. (The hobbyist feel the professionals give them a hard time by pressuring them to become professional and the professional artists feel the hobbyists are disgraceful for not putting more effort into their work, it's sad really). The second biggest reason is the several camps we have divided by learning methods and styles.
Right now there's one member challenging the forum or trying to change how the dominant veteran camp's belief that there is only a single way on how to learn to draw. Seriously the veteran camp either tries to integrate you to their method or they give you the cold shoulder until you leave the forum, real nasty stuff I have to say.
Even though it's a nasty world there, I'm with the camp who wants to make it a more positive and friendly environment, it's a small camp though among the big nastys (Not that we hate each other, we just don't get on!).
But my point is that even in that art has different approaches, just like you have several sociological/psychology approaches. I'm sure everyone here knows Mark Crilley, whose right now the number 1 artist guru. Even though he's bowed down to by millions, you'll find that some artists condemn him, feeling he overshadows much better art gurus online. Could be well true and it's just that Mark Crilley's smarter. Where most art teachers only demonstrate one style with their art, Mark Crilley demonstrates over 50+ styles, this is smart because it's like saying he's teaching you to be able to do one style you choose rather than make you feel you have to learn the one style that's often style.
...Forgotten my point now. Anyways, the two do have a very different way of storytelling that makes it difficult to jump in between. One of the biggest, probably, is perspectives. Writers have such a consideration of perspectives, 3rd person, 1st person and... forgotten the other one, but makes an enormous difference on which one they choose, while comicbook/manga artists only have to worry about 3rd person really. Writers can get very deep into their characters, having them explain what they're going through or how they feel, while a comicbook/manga artists have the thought bubble, it isn't as effective and can become more annoying than useful if you have it across the whole flipping story. Hence the story can be told quite differently, mostly commonly by the fact that that artists work are visual, where they're adapted to using action, facial expressions and perspectives (Perspectives are really important in a comic/manga... real ought to work on that) to tell the story, while the artist is adapted to using words choices and the right amount of description. Even dialogue can change by quite a margin between the two.
I'd get into my views more, but I'm sure my post is just as big as everyone elses here by now... And I am not compensating for something, everyone knows the guy with da biggest post definitely doesn't need to.