The 5 Key Stages of the Creative Process
Creativity can often seem like a random and spontaneous process – perhaps something we believe that most people are just lucky to be born with – however, a lot of ideas follow a creative process that isn’t so mysterious once we understand how it works.
Notes that the brain moves through experiences and uses them to initiate creativity. So the first step is:
- Consuming experiences and information that you take up through our five sciences from all around you, in your environment. You pick up the origin of creative ideas from anywhere in your experience - a moment outdoors, a bit of conversation, or something you smelled. And, if you want to create more, consume more by diversifying the things you experience.
- Brainstorming your ideas, with pen and paper in hand, and setting a time limit comes next. Brainstorming involves putting ideas down on the page non-stop for 10 minutes, sorting through and making connections with the events you have consumed. This allows your imagination to control your thinking, but you must keep writing to force this to happen. Your goal is to generate as many ideas as possible and get them down on paper. Don't qualify or evaluate them yet. Write down anything that comes to mind, and don't hold back.
- Critical thinking involves the evaluation of your ideas, with a questioning mind. In this phase, look at all ideas you have listed to evaluate strengths and weaknesses. Ask yourself journalist type questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how? This critical evaluation will help you to weed out the ideas that are weak and to think through the good ideas.
- Incubating your good ideas allows your brain time to be creative and work through potential problems. Also, allowing the ideas time to ruminate gives them space to grow using your imagination. Sometimes this won't happen if you force it. So just let it be spontaneous and random.
- Producing your idea means putting into action the creative activities that are required. This, of course, is essential because, if you never move to the production phase, you will never create anything. You need to create something physical in this stage, an object that you can show to people in partial (or complete) fulfillment of your plan. So force yourself to be active and produce.
- Finishing your project and sharing it with the world or a specific audience comes last. You may cycle back through different stages in this process before you are finished. But, even if the steps are small, continue pushing yourself and the process will work.
Sometimes the final step to take with any creative project, calling it done, is difficult to take. Many are tempted to continue tinkering with the project and never finish. When the time is right, stop yourself from making further changes, and present the work to your audience.
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Source is TheEmotionMachine.com
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Before you leave, let us know your thoughts on the creative process. Does it work differently for you?