Creative Process - Seven Steps For Becoming More Creative

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Creativity is essential to life

Creativity is a vital aspect of human life, but many of us had that focus programmed out of us by education that put an emphasis on left brained thinking: logic, analysis, objectivity, facts, numbers and letters. Though those are important skills, the right-brain's intuition, randomness, and synthesis are important too, and should not have been suppressed.

Many of us remember our teachers telling us to quit daydreaming. We were told not to doodle, sketch, or think about anything in class other than what the teacher was talking about. Some of us couldn't manage that directed focus and were labeled 'bad students'. Others did better and got the praise.

Years of training managed to turn many of us away from creative thinking. Our public schools were created to build a submissive, unified workforce for the military industrial complex. They were not created to teach us to think creatively or independently. We're products of our civilization, but now that we're adults, many of us want to burst out of the mold, to experience the creativity we've buried deep inside.

Here are seven steps that will help creativity seekers along on the path to increased skill development and productivity.

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

A classic self-help book for creatives who need to free themselves from fear and doubt.

 

Creative Process Step 1 - Believe in Yourself

You, like every other human being, were born to create. You can choose what you want to create, directing your focus and energy, but the power to create is an inborn human gift.

You're like a ship on the sea. The wind carries you along, but you can turn the rudder, deciding which way to go with the energy you've been given.

Do not doubt your ability to be creative.

For those who believe in God, consider this: God is the Creator of the universe. We were made in His imageā€¦ therefore we too are creative, just as God is.

I believe that God is the most amazing artist in our world, and anything we create is paltry compared to His amazing achievement in creating this beautiful planet, the plants, the oceans, the mountains, and the people and animals.

However lowly our efforts may be in comparison to His, our skills of creativity are gifts from God and to truly fulfill our purpose as human beings, we should develop them and use them often.

The 5 Keys to Mastery
The 5 Keys to Mastery

I've seen the movie, I've got the book. I'm recommending this amazing DVD by George Leonard... it has the most uplifting message about mastery of skills. Please believe me... this is worth watching!

 

Creative Process Step 2 - Practice Your Skills

A talented person is usually a person who believed in his ability enough to practice it a lot. With practice comes improvement in skills. If you want to be creative you must practice being creative. At first your attempts may seem stilted and rough, but the more you practice, the better you'll become at doing whatever it is you want to do.

Seriously, how many musicians do you know who knew instinctively how to play an instrument in early childhood? Probably - none. They all started somewhere, learning one note at a time, gradually gaining mastery and skill. That's what you need to do if you're going to be creative.

How to Get Ideas
How to Get Ideas

This highly praised book teaches a five step process for problem solving and idea development.

 

Creative Process Step 3 - Generate New Ideas

This step is also called 'brainstorming'. You'll need to grab your writer's notebook or artist's sketchbook and collect your ideas, put them together, pull them apart, and let them percolate.

Ideas are fleeting - do not trust them to memory!

Make a huge collection of ideas. You won't want to limit yourself to only a few. Have fun with idea generation.

The more ideas you come up with, the easier it will get. Your first ideas may seem hokey, but the more you brainstorm, the better you get at it. Eventually, one of them will reach out and grab your heart.

Creative Process Step 4 - Design Your Masterpiece

Pre-planning is everything!

You need a map to know where you want to go.

You need a goal to know what you're aiming for.

Before you start your masterpiece, know exactly what you expect it to become, so you can nurture it into the work of art you've chosen to create.

If you don't get too impatient to dive right in, you may find that planning is one of the most stimulating and enjoyable parts of creative expression.

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

A book, not for dreamers, so much as for doers. Ideas don't manifest in physical reality without a martyr willing to give birth to them.

 

Creative Process Step 5 - Implement Your Design

Eventually idea generation and design have to take a backseat to the actual creation process you'll go through to bring your idea to fruition. You will settle into a routine of doing whatever needs to be done to make it happen.

To get through the implementation of your design you'll need to focus your determination and motivation, organize your time, your thoughts, your materials and equipment, become the dynamic impetus that brings dreams into reality, and bring forth your creative masterpiece as only you can.

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius
Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius

Expand your mind, vary your thinking process, and see your project as you never have before.

 

Creative Process Step 6 - Analyze and Refine

For most of us, perfection doesn't come instantaneously. Many disciplines require revision. Writers are familiar with repeated edits; artists need to carefully place their finishing touches.

If something doesn't work perfectly, re-vision it and keep trying. You may not reach perfection but you can make your masterpiece become exactly what it was meant to be. Stand back, re-focus, re-think, and set out again with fresh perspective and renewed purpose.

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition)

Learn methods of idea generation that will have your imagination galloping with delight through the heavens.

 

Creative Process Step 7 - Launch and Move On

When you're done - you'll know it. The time has come to send your baby out into the world. Toast it, have a party, and move on. You've completed the creative cycle giving full recognition to the creative spirit within you.

What better way to celebrate the coming-of-age of your idea, than to start over again at the beginning?

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kids-toy-box 5 years ago

Beautifully written. Creativity is what defines us and separates us humans from other animal species.This abilty to concieve and act out ideas.


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Avamum 5 years ago from Canada

Well done! I often wonder if all of the technology that children today are bombarded with actually makes them LESS creative than when I was a child....don't have any conclusions yet. Enjoyed the hub - keep writing!


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LindaJM 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA Author

Thanks, kids-toy-box and Avamum...

I think television is very bad for creativity... and then there's all the electromagnetic frequencies, cell phone transmissions, radio waves... etc. Who knows what effect all that has on people? It couldn't be healthy!


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Silver Q 4 years ago

Nice hub!

Very good ideas to keep everyone creative. I will definitely try them out.

thank you and keep writing great hubs such as this one.

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