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The act of making new connections between old ideas is referred to as the creative process. As a result, we can define creative thinking as the task of identifying relationships between concepts.

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For a More Creative Brain, Follow These 5 Steps

For a More Creative Brain, Follow These 5 Steps

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Understanding this is critical because one of the most useful skills you can have is creative thinking. Innovative solutions, lateral thinking, and creative ideas can help with almost any problem you face at work or in life.

The 5 Stages of the Creative Process

Most importantly, your ability to generate new combinations is dependent on your ability to see the connections between concepts. You have done something creative if you can create a new link between two old ideas.

1. Gather new material.

You learn at first. During this stage, you should concentrate on 1) learning specific material directly related to your task and 2) 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've learned by looking at the facts from different perspectives and experimenting with putting different ideas together.

3. Step away from the problem.

Then you completely forget about the problem and go do something else that excites and energises you.

4. Let your idea return to you.

Your idea will return to you with a flash of insight and renewed energy at some point, but only after you have stopped thinking about it.

Shape and develop your idea based on feedback.

For any idea to succeed, it must be put out into the world, subjected to criticism, and adapted as necessary.

ROBERT FROST

“An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.”

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