This piece was originally going to be called "Why I Write". For better or worse (and advised as okay by Paul Graham), I've since pivoted the main topic of this post to instead focus more generally on my motivation to create--be it via writing, programming, designing, or drawing. But this post does not only focus on the motivation why I do these activities, rather, it also looks at why I don't do these things when required of me, namely academically-speaking.
Thus, through the inquisition of myself and some research, this essay aims to answer the following questions:
Can lazy people, who do not apply themselves academically, pursue creative and/or mentally-demanding endeavors?
What motivates these individuals?
Can said motivation be applied towards performing at a higher level academically?