Tuesday, March 3, 2015

14. Creative Process 1

...according to Graham Wallas

1) Preparation
2) Incubation
3) Illumination
4) Verification

I definitely agree that there is a creative process to some extent, but I am having difficulty wrapping my head around the idea that it can be put into steps.  Creativity is personally inventive; it is different for everyone.  The Preparation Stage is defined as "the problem to be solved is carefully considered and resources are gathered in order to confront the task.  The conscious mind is focused on the problem" (the creative process, illustrated pg. 7).  The problem I have with this definition as well as the other 3, is that these only apply to the creative process if you are given a specific task and told to do something with it.  In that sense, these steps do make sense.  However, when creativity is free-flowing all on its own, without rules or guidelines I think the starting place, and all the steps in between are completely different for each person. And that can not be put into stages or steps, it just happens all on its own.

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