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Is there a succinct word for the 'itch' to do something creative? For example having a niggle in your brain where only doing something creative can make it go away?

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Define "be creative". How does an urge to be creative differ from a more general urge to do something? Does "Learn French" count as a "creative act"? How about "Listen to an opera"? (and would that be any different to "Listen to a radio talk show", or "Watch daytime TV"?). – FumbleFingers Aug 7 '14 at 12:41
Not a real word in the sense you want it to mean: procreative. – jxh Aug 7 '14 at 23:38
"Insanity" is probably the word you're looking for. – Hot Licks Aug 8 '14 at 0:51


can do that to you.

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Inspiration might lead to a sudden desire to be creative, but I believe these are two different ideas. – talrnu Aug 7 '14 at 20:33

One might also refer to being "stricken by the muse" if there is a specific creative idea demanding that you implement it.

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While it isn't a single word, the phrase creative frenzy is often heard. By itself, frenzy means

A state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior [Oxford Dictionary Online]

Other similar terms are creative fervor and creative fever.

fervor: great intensity of feeling or belief; ardour; zeal [Collins]

fever: A state of nervous excitement or agitation [Oxford Dictionary Online]

The terms could be used by themselves if the context reflected the source of the agitation, as in

He was in a frenzy that only a full day of writing could relieve.

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The best answer so far. IMHO – jojo Aug 7 '14 at 13:55
A creative frenzy might result from the sensation @Sal is describing, but it doesn't describe the sensation itself. – talrnu Aug 7 '14 at 20:31
"And across the surface of the infinitely adjusted yet somehow effortless mechanics of the feathers, played idle designs of color, no two alike, designs executed, it seemed, in a controlled rapture" – Dan Bron Aug 7 '14 at 20:38

The term "creative drive" comes to mind.

"He really possesses a creative drive; he spends 2 hours after work painting every day!"

Alternatively: "She's really creatively driven; even her shoes are homemade."

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It's often called a creative urge: a sudden and strong compulsion to just create something. I'm not aware of a more succinct term.

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synonymously, a "creative impulse". – Dan Bron Aug 7 '14 at 20:31
@DanBron Would "creative stir" work, too? – 355durch113 Aug 7 '14 at 20:51
Yes, that's also quite poetic (though rarer, according to Google's Ngrams: books.google.com/ngrams/… ) – Dan Bron Aug 7 '14 at 20:53

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