This reminds me of the segment of the This American Life episode “Meet the Pros” in which David Rakoff talks with the Martha Stewart Crafts Department.
Some people specialize in ideas, constantly scheming, iterating, finessing. I prefer doing. I don’t know what makes me want to make, but often the impulse strikes without warning. If I don’t satiate it immediately, it becomes a dull ache that lingers all day.
You’d think this would be a non-issue—after all, I’m lucky enough to be paid a salary to design all day. But increasingly I’ve realized that for people like me, one creative outlet isn’t enough.
Editorial design director Dylan Lathrop writes about why creative people need multiple outlets, whether writing or D&D.