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The Creative Process: I
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The Creative Process: I

Did you think this forum was all but finished? Its not friends. Think of it as a graveyard in which you pass through whilst minding your own business. BOOM. An arm outstretching from the soil pulls you to the ground.

Well this isn't so dramatic. Yet here we are.
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What is Creativity?: The Very Basics.

If this were a classroom and I were to ask you this question....how would you respond? I'd imagine it would be anxiously and full of uncertainty, "its thinking or doing something no one has ever done before." I would say yes. Of course it is; the man who first took a piece of charcoal up and etched his portrait in stone can't really be defined as anything but creative. But that's not all creativity is. What was just described is originality and one doesn't have to be original to be creative. Things like clothing were (we believe) invented by humans almost simultaneously all around the world. Which one of those early humans were creative? The answer is all of them.

Creativity is more than just being original, its emotion, its going beyond the first perception, its problem solving, its problem causing. If one were to really make an idealized and general statement; anything and everything ever to happen has been creative!

Although I personally believe that, I also am here for a purpose. To try and help understand and teach how to harness this already existing creative spirit into a tamed beast for one to use to their own benefit. So lets dissect it. The way one is creative, the way one actually imagines something. Well to do this we have to think of how something can be imagined. There needs to be a base. There is a very famous but perhaps pessimistic statement, "We are where we came from." I don't believe a child comes into this world imagining Wizards and Dragons. There needs to be a base set of information in which we can perceive before we can understand. Man saw things they could not understand and then from that base information they enviously wished that they could harness the power of lightning themselves. Voila. Perception. The creative process begins.

After perception comes a state that I cannot fully explain because it varies in every single individual. I call this process. Incubation. We see a new animal for the first time, we are now perceiving it. And in that instant where the data is collected, our mind stores it and then begins formulating our next reaction. I completely believe that while this process is occurring ...everything that we are in that moment is then expressed in our understanding of our perception. What I mean is that someone who has spent their entire lives riding horses looks at a zebra for the first time and will be more likely to wonder if they could ride the zebra whilst someone who has never experienced an animal in which they could ride may not come to that question as quickly. That subconscious thought process is incubation. Its beautiful. Because since no one has ever lived and perceived the world exactly as you have...it comes to the point in which your perception of something as simple as uses of a paperclip may be completely and entirely different than the entire worlds perception.

Once you have perceived the stimulus, and then incubated it within everything that makes you who you are; you then have a Reactive Response. It may be to scream out in agony, find it noteworthy, create a story out of it...whatever. But the important thing to realize is that you do in fact actualize it and are able to express it in some way if you should choose. Once you actualize it there is a final step in this process that I like to call; Validation. In which you try and discern if your thought is in fact valid. For example, you decide that you would look amazing in red. The next thought you have is if you would really look good in red, your cheeks may look too rosy or perhaps you have bad ache and don't want to accentuate that trait. The point is that every thought has some sort of validation.

To Review:
Perception
Incubation
Reactive Response
Validation

I will end my overview on the very basics of the creative process right here. The next section I put up will be entitled. The Creative Process: II How to Write Creatively

Some cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
02-02-2010 07:04 AM
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The Creative Process: I - Vatman - 02-02-2010 07:04 AM
Re: The Creative Process: I - Vatman - 02-02-2010, 07:09 AM
Re: The Creative Process: I - magikarp - 02-02-2010, 12:05 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - Ceiling Cat - 02-02-2010, 12:46 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - Vatman - 02-02-2010, 01:02 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - Rebelnerd - 02-05-2010, 04:01 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - aerftghyjk - 03-27-2010, 12:01 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - ModestMusic - 10-13-2010, 12:50 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - itsurgrlcass - 10-13-2010, 02:07 PM
Re: The Creative Process: I - ModestMusic - 10-14-2010, 09:05 AM
Re: The Creative Process: I - itsurgrlcass - 10-14-2010, 11:46 AM
Re: The Creative Process: I - Sociopath - 10-14-2010, 11:50 AM
Re: The Creative Process: I - Vatman - 10-14-2010, 01:29 PM

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