Some time ago I was on the same panel as Paul Coehlo (The Alchemist) on this very question. What is a creative act ? We disagreed. Paul thought that merely being creative does not imply a creative act. He interpreted the creative act as ‘creative work’. All creativity must be translated into creative work. Is that right ?
I argued that the act of creation can be most sublime when it actually has no desire for appreciation. It does not neccesarily need to be translated into a ‘work’ of creativity.
A young boy telling a girl ‘i love you’ from the bottom of his heart is to me an act of great poetry and therefore creativity. Listening intensely to the song of a bird, or the flowing of a brook, or a beautiful sunset is also an act of creativity.
Is it neccesary for us to discipline these creative acts into a form to share with the world at larrge for them to be creative ?