I strive to do something creative everyday. Being creative is not necessarily a natural process, especially to me, so it must be nourished. So, when I came across this article it got my attention…
Young believed this process of creative connection always occurred in five steps.
1. Gather new material. At first, you learn. During this stage you focus on learning specific material directly related to your task and learning general material by becoming fascinated with a wide range of concepts.
2. Thoroughly work over the materials in your mind. During this stage, you examine what you have learned by looking at the facts from different angles and experimenting with fitting various ideas together.
3. Step away from the problem. Next, you put the problem completely out of your mind and go do something else that excites you and energizes you.
4. Let your idea return to you. At some point, but only after you have stopped thinking about it, your idea will come back to you with a flash of insight and renewed energy.
5. Shape and develop your idea based on feedback. For any idea to succeed, you must release it out into the world, submit it to criticism, and adapt it as needed.
Put the idea in practice….
Being creative isn’t about being the first (or only) person to think of an idea. More often, creativity is about connecting ideas.
I don’t think of myself as particularly a creative person but I do often follow these steps in my thought processes. Learning should be a must for all of us no matter our age. The first step is to admit that you don’t know everything. You don’t even know what you don’t know! Learning often involves reading the words of other who have studied the material much more than you have. Some, including someone I know personally, just seem unwilling to accept that there are “experts” who know more than them. You need to get over that thought before you can really learn.
I often say and it has been said by others that I overthink too many things. I run them over and over in my mind to find just the right solutions. Most of my almost 3,000 blog posts here at RJsCorner sit in a draft bin for several days so I can mull them over in my mind and choose better words and thoughts. Looking at something from different angles often mean the very core of the post is completely changed in the process.
Most often I am in the middle of something else when a “better” way is suddenly discovered for what I have been doing. I call it letting it stew for a while to become more tasteful.
Putting an idea into practice is sometimes the hardest part. I have trouble deciding whether to finally say it is done. There is always that last minute detail that might be better. But the final stage any creative process is to finally finish it…