A creative person is one that functions without blinkers on. Thinking is not straitjacketed, it is not shackled by commonly held views, opinions, beliefs, or what it has been fomally taught. It does not limit itself to instruction or stereotype. A creative mind thinks laterally, often putting a new spiel on things, often thinking up new things. A creative mind creates. And what it creates becomes its baby. It gets nurtured. A creative mind takes pride in its creation. It may get possessive even obsessive about it. A dash of Pygmalionism here, I reckon. This is a common failing of the creative mind. Once you create, you should detach. Concentrate on marketing, or whatever else; but detach from the creation. Here is an analogy between the theory that the Universe has created life and has detached, but I am digressing; I couldn't help bringing that up. We are talking about the human mind here. Well, back to that.
A creative person may love what she creates, but is often filled with self doubt, performance anxiety and fear of rejection during the process. I love this, but will others? This is what the creative mind seems to ask itself and will often fret over the possibility of a negative answer.
Creative people are different. You cannot say let's be creative and sit down and always be able to create. I am a writer and I sometimes have deadlines but I don't feel productive. In that case I have to engage in some sort of exercise like forming clusters or word association to act as a shot in the arm to get the creative wheels in motion. At other times when I lie awake at night, because, try as I might I just cannot stop thinking, I get brilliant ideas though I am tired, sleepy, yet unable to sleep and I have to note them down on the cell to work on the next day, else I will forget all about them.
Recently I wrote a short story for my publisher's e zine and spent the entire night wakeful and getting the story skeleton into shape. Why did I not wait until morning like a sane person? Because the brain was churning, churning various combinations and scenarios and by daylight the story just had to be written down.
It is not always easy being creative. Creative persons do have idiosyncracies but a pre-requisite is certainly a very lively and active mind. That said, the fruits of creative activity are sweet indeed. We may talk of detachment, but the satisfaction and sense of achievement to be derived from it is unmatched!