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The 5 Stages of the Creative Process

The 5 Stages of the Creative Process

The ability to generate new combinations hinges upon your ability to see the relationships between concepts. If you can form a new link between two old ideas, you have done something creative.

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1. Gather New Material

1. Gather New Material

At first, you learn. During this stage, you focus on

1) Learning specific material directly related to your task and

2) Learning available material by becoming fascinated with a wide range of concepts.

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2. Thoroughly Work Over The Materials In Your Mind

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.

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3. Step Away From The Problem

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.

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4. Let Your Idea Return To 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.

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5. Shape And Develop Your Idea Based On Feedback

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.

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The Creative Process in Short

The Creative Process in Short

Being creative isn't about being the first (or only) person to think of an idea. More often, creativity is about connecting ideas.

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I am interested in ideas be it primitive or modern

Nearly all great ideas follow a similar creative process and this article explains how this process works.

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