My friend Sofie Bird told me a while ago, as we compared our multi-project motivational issues, that there’s actually a term for people “like us”; hyper creatives.
Aside from being entirely unsurprised that some one has given it a label, it was quite funny to think that it can be described like a pathology. Most people (writers, crafters, artists etc) think that constantly having new ideas is a good problem to have. But it is a problem.
What we were discussing that day, was the problem of getting obsessively absorbed in new projects only to completely lose interest and get obsessively absorbed in the next new idea. This leaves a litter of unfinished projects, a bank-balance screaming (frequently) and a general sense of frustration.
As an article over at lifehacker put it; your mind is running you ragged. That’s the best, simple expression of how I feel a lot of the time. It’s downright exhausting.
Of course, it’s also exciting in the same way I think drug addiction might be at first. A new project feels sooooo good. In fact, if the not finishing things doesn’t bother you then you could just run from high to high forever I guess… but the not finishing bothers both of us.
Still, I can say I’m never bored!
When I mentioned in my last post about the different creative sections of my brain threatening war, it got me thinking about this again. There is definitely a need to be creative that isn’t satisfied just by writing. I need my “vis-arts” too.
That’s why I knit, make amigurumi and cards, paint and draw (badly), do origami and stray into chainmaille and other jewellery making from time to time. Interestingly, I do also do something creative as a day-job which is different again.
Curse this sleeping 8 hrs a night!