This is really a thread for all creatives, not just certain types. It also doesn't matter if you're working in the creative industries or "just" have a creative hobby.
The problem (for lack of better word) is acute again for me at the moment, that's why I'd like to hear about other people's experiences (also of partners, family or friends of creatives).
My creativity usually comes in extreme bursts, and I just have to get it out of my system so to speak (in my case, music and writing, the latter being the main "culprit" at the moment). Sometimes, it's just a few hours or days, sometimes I'm in the zone for weeks.
Normal, you would say, because creativity always involves an element of living in your own head. For me, it's so extreme however that I totally withdraw from the outside world even during breaks. I love my job (coaching in the creative industries, very much related to what I do creatively myself, that's why it tends to spark ideas when I really should focus on others), but if I have a major creative burst, my mind starts to wander even then, and I really need to get my act together to concentrate.
The most apparent withdrawal happens in my private life however. I don't want a social life during these periods, I don't talk, I don't want people around me, this includes my partner. Now, my partner is creative as well (visual artist), and he understands, so it's not really a problem for him, but he deals with his creativity in a very different way. His is more like a constantly burning small flame, more channeled, not so intrusive, it doesn't make him put his daily life on hold. Mine is like a raging fire, no space for anything else, and afterwards, I can literally feel burnt out.
I sometimes worry that I hurt or annoy people, including my nearest and dearest, because of being like this, but I really can't help it. I've always been like this, my mind is totally occupied, there's really hardly space for anything else.
I guess I'm really not asking any questions here, I'd just like to hear of other people's experiences. Call it Creatives Anonymous