As a teen, I'd have these sudden, indescribable urges. They went on into my twenties. Now I know what you're probably thinking and ... GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER!!! I don't mean those urges. It was something like this:
I'd feel a painful, internal yearning, like my heart was trying to claw its way out of my body, and the only thing that would fix it was to sit down at the piano and play for an hour.
Other times everything around me would become overwhelmingly bright, bringing me close to tears, and I'd grab a pen and paper and try my best to create some artistic masterpiece (and fail miserably).
And then I discovered writing. And for the first time in my life I understood what that feeling was--
The Drive to Create.
Writing eats it up. Funny thing is, the more I channel it into writing, to more of it I have.
How about you? How else does your creative bug manifest itself? How old were you when it started? And when did realize what it was?